A social commentator, Mike Enahoro has urged Mr Godwin Obaseki not to pander towards illegality in the discharge of his duty as governor of Edo State. He said this while responding to concerns over June 17, 2019 proclamation of 7th State House of Assembly by nine members and election, Mr Frank Okiye as Speaker of
A social commentator, Mike Enahoro has urged Mr Godwin Obaseki not to pander towards illegality in the discharge of his duty as governor of Edo State.
He said this while responding to concerns over June 17, 2019 proclamation of 7th State House of Assembly by nine members and election, Mr Frank Okiye as Speaker of the APC Assembly.
Recall that over 13 APC members-elect led by Mr. Victor Edoror, representing Esan Central Constituency were absent at the inaugural session of the Assembly barely one month ago.
Enahoro, a former students union leader, described the emergence of Mr. Okiye, member representing Esan North East Constituency 1, “as a bad precedent and Coup against democracy”.
“What happened at the inaugural sitting on that day, amounts to a fiasco.
How do you reconcile a situation whereby Nine members were invited out of the 24 members that were elected by their Constituents in Edo State for inauguration.
“First of all, there is a denial. Some members-elect were denied the right to participate in the process of election of the leadership.
According to him, the crises has given room for suspicion by constituents who were excluded in the power play, do not have the right to be held?
“I foresee strife in the 7th Assembly because those who were left behind constitute the majority. So, if they decide in the future to say that they do not want the Speaker, Hon. Frank Okiye.
He however advised the warring groups in the gulf to tow the path of reconciliation in order not to retard development in the State.
“The bad example in Edo State House of Assembly leadership crises took a toll in Bauchi State where 11 out of 31 members of that house, have elected their Speaker in line with what happened in Edo State which has become a reference point.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole did something similar during his tenure, but, that scenario is different from the case we have in Edo State under the watch of governor Godwin Obaseki.
“But, during his first tenure as governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole was elected on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN when the House of Assembly was already inaugurated.
“Unlike in Edo where was no notice of proclamation of the 7th Assembly to members of the House of Assembly.
“If I were Obaseki, I would lobby them (legislators) to have some members on my side by doing the right thing to get the support of the people.
“If peradventure he is unable to get his loyalists in the House of Assembly to do his bidding, there is a way he can do it in a subtle manner, and legalise it.
“But, that act of denial by a few what members of House of Assembly is illegal even if it was for their own personal benefits. Taking Oshiomhole and Obaseki out if the mix, what is the offence of the 13 members-elect?
“The governor of the State is at fault because he is the Chief Security Officer of the State. He should not be seen creating crises. But, he also has the power by his own position to call Oshiomhole to to either listen or take what I believe.
“What has suddenly happened? Is it that something went wrong along the line or unable to relate with the people? “Is he not the same governor that went to Celebrate 24/24? Have you forgotten?
“It might interest Nigerians to know that those who are supporting Obaseki today may be against him tomorrow, that is politics. Oshiomhole that they are fighting today, is it not the same person they were all hailing sometime ago?, he asked.