Edo Assembly to Commence Legal Action against Former Speaker

By Ikenga Chronicles August 20, 2017

Edo Assembly to Commence Legal Action against Former Speaker

Former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Elisabeth Ativie is to face legal action filed against her by the House over alleged refusal to return the official car given to her under the government of former governor Adams Oshiomhole.

The assembly specifically argued that the claims raised by the former speaker that the vehicles were given to her by Oshiomhole cannot be true, as there was no evidence to show that Oshiomhole alongside the leadership of the House took such decision.

The assembly in a letter addressed to Ativie’s lawyer contended that the signature in the letter purportedly written to Ativie by Oshiomhole was not genuine.

The legislature through its Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto  in the letter signed by the Clerk of the House, James Omoataman, said, “As your client will recall, the said vehicles were purchased for the use of the office of the Speaker when your client occupied the office.

“Consequently, when she became the Deputy Speaker, the official vehicles were left with her office whilst alternative arrangement were made for the office of the Speaker.

“Despite the clarity of the above, your client deliberately skewed the words used in the purported letter from the former governor claiming that the former governor wrote to say the vehicles were given to her, which is far from the truth.

“Further, the original documents of the vehicles are still in the possession of the House of Assembly till date which means that title to the vehicles were never transferred or intended to be transferred to your client contrary to your client’s assertions.

“Accordingly, I hereby reiterate my instruction and demand your client’s immediate return of the vehicles attached to the office of the Deputy Speaker which are still in her possession.

“Finally, if your client maintains that she indeed sold one of the vehicles, the Lexus Jeep 2016 model, then we expect that your client will furnish us with the details of sales.

“The House expects to receive all the said vehicles or the vehicles that have not been sold, together with the details of the alleged sale of the Lexus jeep as enumerated not later than 2 days from the date of receipt of this letter.

“Failure to do so will attract the necessary legal action, both civil and criminal against your client.”