Oshiomhole behind Edo Assembly crisis —Obaseki
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has asked Nigerians to hold the former governor of the state and the chairman of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Comrade Adams Oshiomhole responsible for the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly.
Governor Obaseki stated this when the Senate Committee set up to look into Edo Assembly crisis visited the state on a fact-finding mission.
Obaseki, slamming the APC national leadership, said that their failure to properly investigate issues in the House has caused the crisis to linger.
Speaking, Obaseki thanked the Senate for visiting the state to understand what actually transpired.
He said 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 but that there are unresolved issues within the legislature.
He said: “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.”
Speaking on behalf of fellow Senators, Senator Abdullahi thanked Obaseki and said that the Senate was concerned about restoring peace and order in the state.
He said, “The civility of Edo people is not in doubt. Edo State has a long history of parliamentary civility. I think everybody who is lover of this state will want to ensure that nothing short of that prevail.
“I want to assure you that we will do what the Constitution allows us to do. The House of Representatives Committee was here and we are here because it is bicameral legislature.
“Ours is to articulate and prepare the facts before colleagues. I know that the 109 will do justice to any matter before them.
“I assure you that we are out for the good of the state and its people.”
The Committee had arrived the state on the fact-finding aboard a private jet.
while four of the Committee members were present, others stayed behind because of the screening of the Chief Justice of Nigeria nominee, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad who was confirmed on Wednesday.