Esan elders reject Victor Edoror, demand an Esan Speaker
The People of Esan who mainly occupy the area of Edo State known as Edo Central Senatorial District, under the aegis of Concerned Esan Sons and Daughters, have expressly rejected Hon Victor Edoror as Deputy Speaker, and accused the Edo State APC government of deliberately plotting to politically emasculate the Esan people.
The group which rose from a meeting on Tuesday in Benin, in a communique, noted with concern the open marginalization of the people and the discrimination.
The group called for the immediate reversal of the speakership position to the zone.
In the communique signed by Mr Roy Oribhabor, the convener of the meeting said since the Edo South had the Governor and Edo North, the Deputy Governor, it was only fair for Edo Central to have the speaker’s position.
He however said that that was the position until it was truncated by the ouster of Dr Justine Okonobo as the speaker of the assembly on Monday.
The group called for the urgent and immediate reversal to this position if people of the senatorial district is to have sense of belonging in the state.
They also appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency, intervene in the crisis rocking the State House of Assembly.
“We call on Edo state government to as matter of urgency intervene in the crisis in Edo state House of Assembly.
“We demand for the immediate restoration of speakership to Esan man to promote balance of governmental position structure.
“We condemn in strong term the way and manner the impeachment was conducted because it lacks legislative principles.
“We reject the office of deputy speakership zoned to Esan nation and call for elevation of Victor Edoror position to speaker or nominate another Esan extraction legislator as speaker.
“We call on Edo state house of Assembly to more focus and perform their constitutional duties accordingly.
“It is on records that Under two years four speakers in not good for performance and democratically dangerous for a state.
“Finally, we call on all progressives in Edo state to support this call because an injury to one is an injury to all therefore, this injustices and marginalization of Esan people should be address.
It would be recalled that the house of assembly was on Monday thrown into crisis following the impeachment of the speaker, Okonobor.
Okonobor was replaced by scandal-ridden Kabiru Adjoto from Akoko-Edo in Edo North senatorial district of the state, while the former speaker, Mr Victor Edoro from Edo Central, was elected as the Deputy Speaker.
Kabiru Adjotu was once accused of child abuse during the regime of Oshiomhole but the matter was swept under the carpet as unverified information available to media men is that he eventually married the alleged minor.