The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress awaits legal advice from the state Attorney-General, on the official vehicles attached to office of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, which a former Speaker of the House, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, allegedly converted to her personal use.
Ativie, who was impeached as the Deputy Speaker on August 16 by 19 members of the House, for alleged gross misconduct, is a representative of Uhunmwode Constituency,
She was directed by the Clerk of the House, Mr James Omoataman, to return the official vehicles to the Assembly, comprising a 2016 Lexus jeep, one Prado jeep and two Hilux vans.
Through her lawyer on August 16, she told the House that the vehicles were given to her for personal use by the immediate past governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, for the sacrifices she made for the peace of the state.
The state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Dan Orbih on Sunday accused the state government of planning to conceal the matter, at a press briefing. He also requested the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, to investigate the issue.
“Just days ago, information reached us that the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, and members of his party in Edo State have concluded plans to sweep the matter under the carpet, saying they are going to treat it as an internal affair of the APC. The vehicles in question belong to the state government and not the APC,” Orbih said.
The state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Azebamwan, stated that though the party had initially tried to resolve the issue politically, the legal step taken by Ativie had driven it to tread the path of legal action as any insinuation or allusion that Governor Obaseki is trying to treat it as a purely internal matter is not just being mischievous but being economical with the truth.
“So having then transcended from a political platform to a legal platform, the only sensible option for us as a party was to refer the matter to the state Attorney-General, who is the legal adviser to the state government and House of Assembly, to give us a legal position on this matter,” he said.