Obaseki, Oshiomhole loyalists in yawning gulf over Edo Assembly Speaker’s seat

Obaseki, Oshiomhole loyalists in yawning gulf over Edo Assembly Speaker’s seat

Newly elected members of Edo State House of Assembly loyal to the State governor, Godwin Obaseki and other hardliners in the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole’s group, appears to be riding on roughshod in search for the Speaker of the 7th Assembly. The legislators almost throw caution to the wind

Newly elected members of Edo State House of Assembly loyal to the State governor, Godwin Obaseki and other hardliners in the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole’s group, appears to be riding on roughshod in search for the Speaker of the 7th Assembly.

The legislators almost throw caution to the wind in front of the cameras on Wednesday at the premises of INEC Office annex on Sapele road in Benin City where there was a subtle shoving over who occupies vantage position during a group photograph.

Some members-elect were alleged to have staged a last-ditch attempt to undo snow another shortly after collecting their Certificate of return from INEC.

The 7th Assembly is expected to be proclaimed by the State governor, Godwin Obaseki on June 7, 2019.

The two Contenders for the position, Mr. Frank Okiye who is a firmer Majority leader of the Assembly and Mr.. Victor Edoror Sabor-Tiger, a former Speaker of the APC Assembly.

Mr. Frank Okiye, enjoys the support of the governor,
newly, Edoror Sabor-Tiger, appears to be relying on the strength of Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of the State.

Mr. Frank Okiye is to represent Esan North East Constituency I, while Victor Edoror Savor-Tiger, currently represents Esan Central Constituency in Edo Central Senatorial district of the State.

There has being re-alignment and horse-trading over the choice of preferred principal Officers in the 24-member-house.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, tasked the newly elected members of Edo State House of Assembly on effective legislation.

The State Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Mr. Emmanuel Alex Hart, said this during the presentation of the Certificate of return to the winners on Wednesday in Benin City.

The Commissioner, urged them to do their job diligently and enact laws that would impact on their Constituents.

He implored them to put the interest of their Constituents above their personal interest and repeal existing laws.

“I implore you to extend your hand of fellowship and friendship to all for the sake of continued peace and brotherhood which Edo State has become synonymous with other South-south States.

“Election is not war, it is only but a game of interest.

“I implore you to use your good offices which you are going to occupy after inauguration to make good laws for the good and development of Edo State.

“I urge any aggrieved person to approach the election petition tribunal already set up to seek redress in accordance with the laws of the land”, he said.

On his part, member representing Ikpoba-Okha Constituency, Mr. Henry Ohuarobo, assured effective legislation and quick response to issues of public concern.

“We believe that by the grace of God, at the expiration of this tenure, I know that the people will look at what we have done and they will have course to give glory to God”.

The State Chairman of APC, Mr. Aselm Ojezua who is also from Edo Central Senatorial district, was among tye dignitaries present at the Ceremony.

His presence at the event, epitomises some reassurance and to the agitation that the leadership tripod in government had been lobe-sided, following the emergence of emergence of the incumbent Speaker of the 6th Assembly, Hon. Kabiru Adjotu few months ago and Mr. Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of the State in November 12, 2016.

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