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Edo lawmakers want more blood from impeached Speaker

The travails of the former speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Edoror, has not ended with his removal, as his colleagues aim to draw more blood.

He has been accused of appropriating finances meant for members to his personal use, and auditors have been invited to check the finances of the assembly from June last year when the assembly was inaugurated.

The new Speaker told newsmen, that the impeached speaker and his deputy, Bright Osayande, were found wanting of corrupt practices in their financial handling of the House’s affairs and that they ‘were constantly short-changing members in the almost one year legislative calendar.

She said, “The former speaker was very corrupt. The funniest thing is that he changed the overhead of the House to suit his own ways thereby leaving his colleagues not to be taken care of properly. You journalists can also observe that lawmakers in the Edo Assembly were living like paupers. I don’t want to go into details of his reckless spending.”

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“One year into office, members cannot feed properly. The most annoying one is that each time members complained. The POC, who are supposed to take care of members, failed as the leader of the House because the resources were being diverted and not used for what it’s meant for.

“The most painful one is that, he will tell us that it is the Chief Executive (Oshiomhole) that was not releasing the fund and that ignited us to be fighting the executive. This almost led to almost three months of war between the legislators and the executive.”

“One day the governor called a meeting of party elders and the House where he told us how he has attended to twelve out of the fourteen items sent to him for consideration which was not denied by the former speaker.

“The moment we established that there was cheating In the whole process, the members were angered and the more we tried to take care of this, the more revelations we got. Yesterday here, we discovered that certain monies were paid into his private account and I have told the Clerk of the House to write to the auditor general to send us auditors to audit our finances from June last year till May this year.”

 

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