By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” SPEAKER of Edo State House Of Assembly, Mr. Bright Omokhodion, yesterday, in Benin denied newspapersâ€™ publications that he was sent out of the Speakersâ€™ Conference in Makurdi.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Deacon Ralph Okhiria, said â€œthere is no iota of truth in the said sponsored publica-tions which were fictions of the reportersâ€™ imagination who readily made themsel-ves willing tools in the hands of discredited politi-cians who are unrelenting in their quest to tarnish the good image of the Speaker and Edo State.â€
He explained that Omo-khodion was formally invited to attend the Conference of Speakers of States Legislatures of Nigeria in Makurdi, Benue State and was accompanied by the Houseâ€™s Majority Leader, Mr. Philip Shaibu, and Mr. Etin-Osa Ogbeiwi, as requested by the invita-tion letter.
He stated further that in Makurdi, the speaker and members of his team were warmly received by the host Speaker, Mr. Terseer Tsumba, and other speakers that attended the conference.
â€œEdo State House of Assembly Speaker and the other two Edo legislators, who were duly accredited, joined his colleagues to pay courtesy visit on the state governor, attended the opening ceremony, went with their colleagues on inspection tour of on-going projects being executed by Benue State government. They also participated in all the activities of the Conference,â€ he said.
On House leadership
Okhiria added that there was no time that Mr. Omokhodion â€œconfessedâ€ that only 13 members signed the impeachment notice that sacked the former leadership of the House, insisting that he had always maintained that 16 members of the Assembly signed the notice that removed the former leadership of the House
He advised those in doubt of the claims to contact the Secretariat of the Speakerâ€™s Conference in Abuja for more information, adding that Edo State House of Assembly would not succumb to any act of blackmail, conspiracy or intimidation from any person or group of persons in carrying out its legitimate businesses.