Proclamation: We’re not conquered people, Edo govt replies Senate

Proclamation: We’re not conquered people, Edo govt replies Senate

Edo State government on Tuesday described the Senate resolution calling for a fresh proclamation letter to be issued to the State House of Assembly as illegal. It counselled that resolution directing Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh letter of proclamation could cause upheaval in the State, adding that Edo “State is not a conquered

Edo State government on Tuesday described the Senate resolution calling for a fresh proclamation letter to be issued to the State House of Assembly as illegal.

It counselled that resolution directing Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh letter of proclamation could cause upheaval in the State, adding that Edo “State is not a conquered territory”.

In a statement by the Secretary to Edo State government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie on Tuesday stated that the Senate’s resolution on the Assembly as unconstitutional, flagrant disregard for Principle of Separation of powers.

Ogie reaction followed the Senate threat to takeover the control of the 7th Assembly if the State governor, Godwin Obaseki fails to issue a fresh proclamation letter withing the next seven days

But, the Frank Okiye APC-led Assembly was inaugurated by Nine out of the 24 APC members on Monday night, June 17, 2019 while over 13 other members-elect of the House were absent.

The statement wondered why Ad-hoc Committee could not draw the Senate attention to the existence of
a valid injunction in Suit No FHC/B/OS/70/2019 wherein the Federal High Court restrained various parties from interfering in any manner with the activities of the Edo State House of Assembly.

“This illegality will not stand” and advised “powerful persons not be allowed to set our State ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.

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According to him, “powerful persons not be allowed to set our State ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.”

“The Edo State Government watched with alarm today as the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a step that was not totally unexpected, purported to pass a resolution in the following terms: – Directing the Governor of Edo State to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly, and Ordering a fresh inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly within one (1) week from the date of the said Resolution.

“This move 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 the highly placed and powerful persons who are intent on foisting their will and choices on the good people of Edo State.

“This is borne out by the recorded statements made by one Seid Oshiomhole (a Member-elect and younger brother of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Comrade Adams Oshiomhole) wherein he boasted that both the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila have been instructed on what to do in this matter.”

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He maintained that: “In point of fact 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 at 25th July, 2019.

EDO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY COMPLEX

“It is unfortunate that the Distinguished Senate would act in flagrant breach of these various Court Orders and purport to come to factual and legal conclusions concerning a matter in which the parties are already before the Courts and therefore subjudice.

It said: “The Edo State Government maintains that there is nowhere in the Constitution particularly Section 11(4) which enables the National Assembly to “take over” any House of Assembly or in this respect, the Edo State House of Assembly.”

FILE COPY: EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI (LEFT) AND THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF APC, ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE

The SSG added that “It must be further observed that it has always been the contention of the Edo State Government that the power to issue a proclamation for the inauguration of a House of Assembly as set out in Section 105(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was duly and completely complied with and it is not within the power of the Governor to recall same once issued or to perform the same act multiple times. Once the Governor issues a proclamation letter.

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