EDHA Is Not APC Property, Edo PDP Tells Absentees Lawmakers
The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has advised the 14 Edo State lawmakers who were not inaugurated last year to move on as their seats were already declared vacant by the speaker of the house.
The position of the PDP through its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare is in response to a statement credited to Barrister Washington Osifo.
Osifo who is acting as the spokesperson for the ex-lawmakers had, during an interview with journalists (not NAIJA CENTER) said the 14 lawmakers were ready to be inaugurated if approached by the Edo State government.
Osifo said “We have always sued for peace. We have always argued that having contested an election and won with certificates of return, it will be unlawful and wicked for anybody to have kept us out and continue to keep us out of the house. It is our right; by the reason of winning the election, to be sworn in and commence our work.”
Reacting, Nehikhare said “It is pertinent to remind Barrister Osifo that he has ceased, along with his co-travellers to be referred to or described as lawmakers- elect or lawmakers! The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly declared his seat, as well as the seats of his co-travellers vacant. They should know that the seats are no longer available to them.
The Edo State House of Assembly is not a property of APC neither are the constituency seats bargaining tools in their political bazaar. “
The PDP advised the ex-lawmakers to “stay away from EDHA as those 14 seats belong to PDP candidates who have rightly approached the courts and argued that the refusal/neglect by you and your co-travellers to subscribe to the Oath of Membership/Allegiance with respect to the affected constituencies throughout the First Session and First Quarters of the 7th Assembly of Edo State amounts to an abdication of office.
“I can’t reconcile why you think you can still lay claims to being a lawmaker even after the speaker declared your seats vacant.”