SWITZERLAND, JULY 18 – Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has blamed the current crisis engulfing the Edo State House of Assembly on APC National leadership, headed by former governor Adams Oshiomole.
This is coming as the House of Representatives declared the seventh Edo Assembly illegal, and directed the state governor to issue a new proclamation within one week for the proper inauguration of the House; an order rejected by Edo state government.
Obaseki said that the failure of the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress to properly investigate issues in the Edo State House of Assembly caused the crisis to linger.
The governor spoke when the Senate Committee set up to look into Edo Assembly crisis visited the state for its fact finding mission. He said the crisis would not have degenerated if the leadership of the APC had done same when the matter started.
Obaseki stated that he has performed his constitutional duty by issuing a proclamation letter and that the Clerk of the House undertook the processes as deemed fit.
He explained that there are issues within the legislature and they have gone to the judiciary as the constitution provides for clear separation of powers.
According to him, “When people arbitrarily make up their minds because of some predetermined outcomes and make statements and conduct themselves, this is what it leads to.
“I issued a proclamation. Consultations were held before the proclamation was issued. Various party organs met before decisions were reached. As far as I am concerned, I abide by the Constitution and issued a proclamation. I believe in separation of powers.
“Whatever the outcome, we expected that if a higher authority were concerned about the fate of this state, they would have called to see how to resolve the issue but that wasn’t done. The matter has moved to court and all parties are in court. I have done my own beat. Within the legislature, there are issues and they have gone to the judiciary and the constitution provides for clear separation of powers.
“We have evidence that people are under pressure. Look at this matter in the interest of our country and in defence of our democracy.”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye, in a statement, following reports of an order by the House of Representatives to the Edo House of Assembly, said: “It has come to our knowledge that the Ad-hoc Committee of the House of Reps investigating issues surrounding the inauguration of Edo State House of Assembly has recommended that the IGP and DSS should seal up Edo Assembly. “Considering what we came to know in the course of this process, the recommendation of the ad-hoc committee did not come to us as a surprise.
“For example, the chartered plane marked 5N FCT, which brought the committee members to Benin City, Edo State, was paid for by the National Chairman of APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, who is a major party in the disagreement. “Also, the younger brother to the National Chairman, Seid Oshiomhole, in a recent leaked audio conversation, revealed the underhand dealings in Abuja regarding the matter.
“He stated that Oshiomhole and his proxies have been having meetings with the committee members and other actors in the issue in Abuja and dolling out money to ensure the issue goes in their favour. “With all these, it was clear that the ad-hoc committee was up to no good. Their report was always going to be biased.