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Edo crisis: Obaseki Grandstands, refuses to issue fresh proclamation

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The governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has insisted that he would not issue a fresh proclamation letter for the inauguration of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly.

Obaseki maintained that the 1999 Constitution as amended, empowered him to issue proclamation for the inauguration of the Houses of Assembly only once, a duty he said he has performed.

It could be recalled that an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives had directed the governor to issue fresh proclamation as part of the three conditions that will guarantee him peace in his government.

Also, one of the National dailies in its publication stated that President Buhari directed him to issue fresh proclamation.

However, reacting through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki ruled out such possibility.

The statement reads: “We wish to state categorically that the story is false as there is no Presidential directive to the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari that we know is a law-abiding leader who will not issue directives that contradict the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

“The publication is one of the many efforts by agents and hirelings sponsored by entrenched interests in the state whose stranglehold on the state’s resources has been displaced by the people-centric governance model of the Obaseki-led administration.

“We urge the public and all concerned to disregard the publication.”

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