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Monday, 21 August 2017

See reason the impeached Edo Deputy Speaker gave why she has refused to return official vehicles

Hon Elisabeth Ativie the former House of Addembly Deputy Speaker of Edo sate has revealed to the current Assembly leadership that one of the official vehiclesLexus SUV 2016 model handed over to her when she was the Speaker, have been sold by her.

Going by the records, the former speaker served for 84 days before stepping down for Hon Justin Okonoboh as a result of balance power in the senatorial districts.

She was appointed the Deputy Speaker assisting Okonoboh of which they both were impeached last monday by 16 lawmakers.

James Omoataman the Clerk of the Assembly, signed a letter dated the 16th of August, 2017, demanding Hon Ativie to turn in the official cars given to her while she was serving as the Deputy Speaker. In the letter, the following vehicles were listed to be in her custody: Lexus Jeep 2016 model (1),  Prada Jeep (1) and Hilux Vans (2).

She responded to the letter through her Olayiwola Afolabi, her Counsel, saying that she Hon Ativie registered the vehicle in her own name and automatically been the bonafide owner of the vehicles, had sold one out of the 4 of them. Adding that as a result of her stepping down for Okonoboh, Adams Oshiomhole the former Governor gave her permanently thoses vehicles as compensation.

Urging the Clerk of the Assembly to kindly advice the current leadership of the House that those vehical her personal and no longer official property of the House.

Below is part of the letter written by the former Governor she quoted:

"I wish to convey my compliments and recall the discussion between the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly and the Executive branch on the geo -political stability of Edo State and the need to engender equity, fairness and sense of belonging amongst all sections and citizens of our dear state.

"Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding the issues and in an explicit acknowledgement of the enormous sacrifices you were required to make for the peace, security, stability and well-being of our beloved state, the official vehicles attached to the office of the Speaker are now yours"

However,  the Assembly responded to her letter and said that she claiming the vehicles are now hers , is false as there was no evidence to prove they were permanently given to her by the ex Governor.

In Omoataman statement, he revealed that the House have carefully scrutinised the letter of allocation Hon Ativie claimed conveyed approval for the vehicles to be retained by her.

“We have compared the signature of the esteem former governor on the said letter and found it is not genuine and we hope your client is aware of the consequences of parading such document.

“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 the 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.”

In conclusion, the former deputy speaker was given an ultimatum of 2 days to return the said vehicles upon receiving the letter of the deadline.

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

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