Governor Godwin Obaseki has warned the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against setting Edo State ablaze.
The governor’s warning came following an instruction to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the State House of Assembly.
The Senate warned that if Obaseki fails to issue a new proclamation within a week, it would take over the Edo State House of Assembly.
Naija Buzz News had reported how 9 lawmakers of the State Assembly elected the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other principal officers of the House in the absence of 15 of their colleague.
The governor alleges that the other 15 lawmakers were being sponsored by his predecessor who is currently the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to impeach him from office because he refused to share money belonging to the people with him.
The development emerged following disagreement between Obaseki and his apparent political god-father, Oshiomhole.
Responding to the senate, the governor in a statement through Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to the State Government, said that the by the senate “was not unexpected in the light of the enormous political pressure which had been brought to bear on the officers and members of the distinguished Senate by highly placed people who are intent on foisting their will and choices on the good people of Edo State”.
Governor Obaseki further noted that a recorded statement by Seid Oshiomhole, the younger brother to the APC National Chairman, revealed how he boasted that both the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan; and the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila; had been instructed on what to do.
Read the statement by the governor below;
“In suit No. FHC/PH/CS/159/2019, the National Assembly, the Clerk of National Assembly, the President of the Senate and Speaker of House of Representatives amongst others were specifically ordered by the Federal High Court to maintain the status quo as of July 25, 2019.
“The Edo State Government is further aware that in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2019, wherein the Clerk and the National Assembly are defendants before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the National Assembly and the Clerk have not only been duly served with the processes but have entered appearance in the matter.
“We are also concerned that the members of the Senate appear to have very scant regard for the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution which is manifested by their taking over the functions of the judiciary in dispute resolution and giving directives to a governor who is certainly not subject to the supervision of the National Assembly.”
“The state is not a colony or a vassal of any person or persons exercising power in Abuja and we shall take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to defend and validate our position and actions on this matter.
“We call on all persons of goodwill to call the powerful wielders of ‘power and authority’ in Abuja and elsewhere to refrain from acts which are clearly unconstitutional, undemocratic and a flagrant disrespect for the principle of due process and separation of powers.
“These powerful persons should not be allowed to set our state ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.”
The Senate had adopted the report of its Senator Sabi Abdullahi-led adhoc committee constituted to investigate the crisis.
The committee in its resolution noted that the Governor of Edo State must issue a fresh proclamation for a proper inauguration of the Assembly.
The Abdullahi-led committee also noted that the new proclamation must be advertised on print and electronic media, saying that if the governor refuses to comply with the instruction within a week, the National Assembly would invoke Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution.
The Senate President supported the resolution despite the warning by Senator Rochas Okorocha not to hurriedly take over the State Assembly when the problem was obviously created by the National Leadership of the APC.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.