Edo State House of Assembly, has declared that the power to recall the two members of the house and 12 members-elect who are loyal to the suspended national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC has been suspended indefinitely.
The Speaker of the All Progressives Congress, APC mono-party Assembly, Mr Frank Okiye disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking on the sideline to mark the One year Anniversary of the Seventh Assembly which was nocturnally proclaimed on June 17, 2019.
In December 2019, the Speaker of the 24-member Assembly, Okiye in accordance with Section 109, sub-section 1(F) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” declared the 14 Lawmakers’ seats vacant for failing to meet the mandatory 180 sitting days as enshrined in the Constitution.
The affected members-elect who have being seeking refuge in Abuja are Vincent Uwadiae, Ovia North-East II; Ugiagbe Dumez, Ovia North-East I; Washington Osifo, Uhunmwode; Victor Edoror, Esan Central; Kingsley Ugabi, Etsako East and Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Owan West.
Others are Sunday Aghedo, Ovia South-West; Chris Okaeben, Oredo West; Crosby Eribo, Egor; Aliyu Oshiomhole, Etsako West II; Oshomah Ahmed, Etsako Central and Ganiyu Audu, Etsako West 1.
Okiye, while declaring the seats vacant, said that the 12 members-elect ‘defiantly refused’ to come forward to do necessary documentation as part of the conditions for their inauguration as members of the Assembly.
Speaking during the Anniversary, Mr Okiye, stated that the decision to reverse the proclamation order was impossible, adding that the matter the members-elect are already in court.
According to him, “We have always reflected on the need to be recalled and inaugurated each time we talks with them.
The Speaker described the legislative business in the past one year “as a period of political turmoil.
“Yes, we had reached out to the lawmakers, they are my friends. We have always talked. I won’t deny the fact that each time that we talk, we have always try to reflect on the possibilities of their coming back to be inaugurated.
“I have done what I feel is good on behalf of the house and for the better interest of the house. And that decision to reverse it, is now above me. They are in court already.
“We have done our own within the limit of our capacity.
“We are all aware of the disconnection and dislocation which is no longer news.
“So, if we disagree within the State, there is no way that it will not have a slight defect on the house. But, we have moved on. We weren’t expecting 100 per cent flow.
“Although some members are indisposed, we are happy that we are here.
“The one year anniversary of the house was not organised to be a funfair because of the Covid-19 pandemic”, he said.
Commenting on the litigations that engrossed the house under his watch, the Speaker, described a Federal High court, Port Harcourt Division presided over by Justice Omotoso J. K in a suit No. FCA /PH/CS/159/19, ruled on Thursday September 2019 that backed the proclamation made by Governor Godwin Obaseki was properly done and therefore Edo State house of Assembly was legally constituted on June 17, 2019, as the “most outstanding achievement recorded by the Seventh Assembly.
He also highlighted some other achievements of the Assembly including the 2020 Edo State Appropriation Law and Budget estimate, the Bill for a Law to provide for the Establishment of Edo State and Local Government Audit Commission and passed 29 resolutions.
Our Correspondent reports that Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic party, had approached the court, seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to conduct a fresh election into the seats of the 12 members-elect and two others.