Governor Goodwin Obaseki of Edo state Tuesday berated the Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on the disagreement over the inauguration of the Edo state House of Assembly.
Obaseki said the hasty comment is coming before the Senate Committee’s report of its investigation into the issues at the Edo state House of Assembly and ”clearly pre-empts the much-awaited joint position of both chambers of the National Assembly.
The APC publicity secretary had said the party endorsed reps resolution to take over of Edo assembly.
However, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Crusoe Osagie, in a statement described the comment as a slap on the face of the country’s judiciary which he said had restrained the APC NWC from interfering in the affairs of the Edo House of Assembly.
According to him, “The endorsement is sufficient proof that the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led faction of the APC NWC is behind the crisis in the Edo state House of Assembly and has been tele-guiding the House of Representatives’ committee to carry out illegality in Edo state.”
“The APC publicity secretary has consistently proven to be the mouthpiece of the Oshiomhole-led faction of the APC National Working Committee and not the entire NWC of the party, so when Issa-Onilu speaks, Oshiomhole is always within prompting range.
“Edo people have expressed their unflinching respect for the rule of law with regard to the situation at the Edo state House of Assembly, and will resist any form of illegality, no matter how highly placed the perpetrators of such illegality.”
The state assembly has been embroiled in crisis after nine out of 24 members-elect we’re secretly inaugurated at midnight during which they elected Frank Okiye as speaker.
The nine members are believed to be loyal to Obaseki while the other 14 are said to have the backing of Oshiomhole, the APC national chairman.