We reject Adjoto as Speaker – Edo NorthTraditional Rulers

The violently installed Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, has been rejected by members of the traditional councils of the Edo North and Edo Central Senatorial Districts.

Rising from a joint meeting at Auchi, the traditional rulers insisted that a lawmaker from Edo Central Senatorial District must be made Speaker of the House for the purpose of equity, justice and sociopolitical harmony in the state.

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Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto is a native of Akoko-Edo, the same senatorial district with the Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu.

Alhaji emerged Speaker last week after the hooliganism style violent impeachment of Hon (Dr.) Justin Okonoboh, a doctor and lawmaker from Edo Central.

Otaru of Auchi, HRH Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, who addressed journalist at the end of the summit, said they supported comments of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewaure II, who described the action of the lawmakers as an act of barbarism and hooliganism.

The Otaru noted that the power balancing factor in the state has been displaced with the removal of Okonoboh as Speaker.

His words, “We feel that equity, justice must prevail. Edo Central must have somebody who should be the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly. We are going to see what we can do to bring justice to the state over that matter. A balancing factor has to be made which was in place. That has been displaced and it is not a good thing for us if we have to navigate justice.”

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