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Moment Edo Speaker ordered female lawmaker out of plenary for ‘dressing improperly’

Drama ensued at the Edo State House of Assembly on Wednesday as the Deputy Majority Leader, Natasha Osawaru, was ordered to leave for ‘improper dressing’.

Plenary was in session when Natasha walked in wearing a dark shade and jacket, an appearance which caused Nicholas Asonsere, representing Ikpoba Okha Constituency to raise a point of order.

Asonsere argued in the chambers that the Deputy Majority Leader’s mode of dressing was against the rules of the House.

The Speaker, Blessing Agbebaku agreed and immediately ordered Natasha who is representing Egor Constituency to leave the session.

He said; “This hallowed chamber is a sacred home. We will not continue to accept or allow anybody to bring it to disrepute.

“We have tolerated enough of the attitude and behaviour of some honourable members so to speak, and if we did not correct this now, it would become a precedent for others to emulate, if not now, in the near future.

“Please, Mr Speaker if I have the permission, I want to crave the indulgence to read some rules of the House sections and subsections.

“We have our own Bible which is often referred to as the Rules of the Edo State House of Assembly upon this we are being guided. Any member that violates or contravenes the rules is punishable by the law.

“Improper dressing and wearing of dark shade is not allowed in this House. It is not me that said it but the House rules. So, please, let us always comply with these our rules”.