Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) says he is pleased with the emergence of a new faction of Edo State House of Assembly.
Mr Ize-Iyamu stated this Thursday evening while reacting to the emergence of Victor Edoror, the new speaker of the legislative faction loyal to him and the APC.
Mr Edoror and his deputy Emmanuel Agbaje, emerged in a sitting which had a total of 17 lawmakers present at an undisclosed location while 12 of them took oath of office and were sworn in.
After the development, the lawmakers impeached Frank Okiye, the factional speaker leading the faction loyal to Godwin Obaseki, the state governor.
“I am happy to receive the news of the emergence of Rt. Hon. Victor Edoror as the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly,” Ize-Iyamu said in a Thursday statement.
“His emergence marks an end to a lopsided & deformed democracy, ushering in a new and reformed era of inclusive governance and non-discriminatory politics.
“As a true democrat & a progressive, and as someone who came to leadership through & after a tomentous & elongated period of political persecution, Rt. Hon. Victor Edoror knows the sour taste of injustice & as such would not let any one more Edo person experience such bitter tang.
“Backed by an overwhelming majority, Rt. Hon. Victor Edoror is demonstrably the people’s choice for the position. And it is in line with common sense that for an individual to sway such massive support, he must have demonstrated great qualities admired & necessary for leadership and development, and as such is being trusted with the enormous task of piloting the House from its darkest moments as cast into by the reprehensible divide-and-rule politics of the outgoing Governor.
“I send my congratulations to Rt. Hon. Victor Edoror – and his Deputy, Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje – while at the same time encouraging him to set a good example with the opportunity of leadership God has given to him today,” the APC guber candidate added.