By Felix Omorodion, Benin
Following the report of the Ad-hoc Committee that was set up by the
National Assembly, NASS, headed by Hon. Abdul Rasaq Namdas,
representing Jada/Ganye/Mayo federal constituency at the House of
representatives, to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the
Edo state House of Assembly impasse, and their subsequent report to
NASS, the inspector General of Police, IGP, and the Directorate of
Security Services, DSS, has been ordered by NASS to shutdown Edo
Assembly with immediate effect and the Governor of Edo state, Governor
Godwin Obaseki asked to issue a fresh letter of inauguration within
five days, and for same to be published in the national dailies for
all to see.
It could be recalled that on the 17th of June, a nocturnal
inauguration of nine members, out of which four were kidnapped and
forced to join in the inauguration, took place to purportedly set the
7th Edo Assembly in motion.
In the last EDHA elections, twenty four members were elected to
represent different constituencies, but in a charade inauguration that
took place on the said date, fifteen members were excluded as they
were opposed to the imposition of a Speaker on them. This ultimately
led to their manhandling the following day at the Golden Tulip Hotel,
in Benin where they were holding a press conference to condemn the
shameful act of the inauguration that was conducted the previous day.
Following the investigation of the impasse rocking Edo Assembly by the
Ad-hoc Committee, and the subsequent order of NASS to the DSS and IGP
to shut down Edo Assembly, Mr. Frank Abumere Okiye, the imposed
Speaker of EDHA, has been ‘blowing hot’ that they, the now ten members
that were crookedly inaugurated, reject the outcome of the National
Assembly report and their shutting down of EDHA, saying NASS has no
power to order for the shutdown of EDHA, as according to him, the
matter is before a court of competent jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, before now, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been hobnobbing with
some bigwigs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in and outside Edo
state and concluding arrangements on crashing the Edo All Progressives
Congress, APC, before defecting to PDP where he feels he can easily
get an automatic ticket to contest for the governorship race come
2020. Earlier this week however, the Edo state PDP Chairman, Chief Dan
Orbih while addressing pressmen at the PDP secretariat in Benin, made
it clear that Obaseki cannot be sure of getting an automatic ticket in
PDP should he be rejected by his party, the All Progressives Congress.
A PDP chieftain in Benin, today, while reacting to the shut down order
of EDHA by the National Assembly, said; ‘…Obaseki has made a lot of
mistakes in the past that eventually crystalised into all these mess,
and he will continue to make more mistakes as long as he continue to
surround himself with those smart guys that are currently giving him
the hope that he is on top of the situation, just to make money out of
him..…he knows them not, because Obaseki is not a politician; he finds
himself in politics by happenstance…’ the PDP chieftain, also added
that, the best thing for Mr. Obaseki to do, as things are presently,
is to give a plausible reason for all his acts of errors and tell the
people of Edo state that, for the sake of democracy, he is issuing a
fresh proclamation letter for a proper inauguration to be conducted.
Meanwhile, as all these are playing out, the Edo state Governor, Mr.
Godwin Obaseki has insisted that, his constitutional responsibility,
regarding the inauguration of Edo Assembly, ended when he issued the
proclamation letter to the Clerk of the House, Mr. Yahaya Omogbai who
conducted the inauguration of the nine, out of twenty four members
elect; implying therefore that, he is not responsible for the infamous kangaroo inauguration.