Pastor Osagie-Iyamu, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State has appealed to Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to opt out of court settlement and pardon 14 absentee APC members-elect.
The appeal comes barely 48 hours after APC lost its bid to prove alleged certificate forgery suit against the incumbent Governor who was the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Candidate in the governorship election at the supreme court.
The members-elect who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 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, were unavailable when the 7th Assembly was proclaimed on June 17, 2019 by the Governor.
Also affected members-elect whose seats had been declared vacant by the leadership of the Assembly, 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 I alongside two Lawmakers, Mr. Uyi Ekhosuehi and Mr. Eric Okaka representing Oredo East and Owan East Constituency for failing to meet the mandatory 180 sitting days as enshrined in the Constitution.
But Ize-Iyamu in a congratulatory letter to the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and made available to newsmen on Monday, also pleaded with the Governor to intervene in the issue of elected Local Government Chairmen, Vice-chairmen, Councilors and Supervisory Councillors, who sometime ago, were suspended and removed from office.
“Having said that, I want to appeal to you to kindly consider the pertinent issues of the 14 Constituencies, including the two in your Local Government – Oredo and the two in your deputy’s Local Government – Etsako West, that are presently without representation at the Edo State Assembly. Though the matter is in court, you are in a vantage position to consider an out-of-court settlement of the issue, in the overall interest of our state.
“Your Excellency would also do well to intervene in the issue of elected Local Government Chairmen, Vice-chairmen, Councilors and Supervisory Councillors, who sometime ago, were suspended and removed from office. Our appeal is that you consider paying them their entitlements since it is now late for them to return to their offices. This can also be through the out of court settlement.
“Last Friday’s judgement of the Supreme Court, puts an end to the series of litigations we had over last year’s governorship elections.
“For the records, Your Excellency, your supporters had instituted thirteen (13) different pre-election cases against my deputy and I; all seeking to disqualify us from participating in the election. On our part, our party, the APC had only one case against Your Excellency and your party.
“Our appeal is that you consider paying them their entitlements since it is now late for them to return to their offices. This can also be through the out of court settlement”, Ize-Iyamu said.