Senate Supports Reps Decision on Edo State Assembly, Indicts Obaseki

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The Ad-hoc committee investigating Edo State House of Assembly crisis headed by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has indicted Governor Godwin Obaseki over his role before, during and after the protracted crisis of the State Assembly.

In the report which was presented to the Senate chambers on Wednesday by the Ad-hoc Committee panel, Sabi Abdullahi, the state Governor brought ill-motives to bear on the inauguration of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly which led to the crisis.

The report noted that the governor worked in connivance with the Clerk of the State House of Assembly to shabbily inaugurate the House without knowledge of all members.

He further explained that the Committee met with all stakeholders including Governor Obaseki, adding that inauguration improperly took place around 9.30pm on 17th June ,2019 contrary to global best practices.

The panel said, there was no adequate publicity of the date of proclamation other than that, the Clerk of the House pasted notices on the notice board which was not seen by all members-elect.

The Panel asked that a fresh proclamation ritual be done by the State Governor or the state Assembly risks Section 11(4) which empowers the National Assembly to legislate for the State.

“There was improper inauguration of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly at about 9.30pm and there was also no video clip evidence to that effect.”

The report recommends that “Edo State Governor should issue a fresh proclamation of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly or risks section 11(4) which means that the National Assembly would be legislating for the state.”

It said, “Prior to the time of the crisis, there was disagreement and lack of consensus among the State APC stakeholders in the state on the micro zoning proposed by Edo State APC.”

Meanwhile, nine members-elect out of 24 have not been inaugurated due to the crisis that resulted in the intervention of the National Assembly.

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