Edo Assembly Crisis: Oshiomhole Lambasts Speaker Okiye
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhiole has berated the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Honourable Frank Okiye over the statements credited to him respecting the proposed take-over by the national Assembly.
In a report published yesterday by ElombahNews, Hon. Okiye had rejected the move by the House of Representatives to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.
Speaking in a statemen, Okiye stated:
“It has come to our knowledge that the Ad hoc Committee of the House of Representatives investigating issues surrounding the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly has recommended that the Inspector General of Police and Department of State Services should seal up the Edo Assembly.”
“Considering what we (have) come to know in the course of this process, the recommendation of the ad hoc committee does not come to us as a surprise.”
“It was clear that the ad hoc committee was up to no good. Their report was always going to be biased.
“For example, the chattered plane marked 5N FCT, which brought the committee members to Benin City, was paid for by the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade 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,” Okiye said.
Reacting to Okiye’s position, Oshiomhole described his comments untrue and a figment of the lawmaker’s imagination.
Oshiomhole said the National Assembly lawmakers have the duty to intervene on issues such as the “gestapo manner” of which the Edo assembly was inaugurated.
Oshiomhole stated this in a communique on Wednesday, shortly after the House of Representatives took a decision in Abuja asking the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.
Oshiomhole in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the APC chairman explained that this will not be the first time the national assembly will be intervening in matters of this nature and that the speaker should desist from making frivolous allegations.
He maintained that no amount of blackmail and threat from lawmakers can smear mister his name.