Obaseki not Responsible for Edo APC Lingering Crisis,Says Speaker Okiye
The Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Frank Okiye, believes that, Governor Godwin Obaseki is Faultless over the lingering Political Crisis within the All Progress Congress in the state.
He rather claimed that, a predated issues before proclamation letter was issued by the Governor and Failures of the Ex-Lawmaker-Elect to present themselves for the inauguration caused their seats and the sprawling division in the party.
Hon Okiye, who Spoke to journalists in Benin City also heap the blames on the failure of the National Chairman of the Party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole to campaign with the local chapter of the party during the presidential election as the Genesis of the avoidable Crisis.
He pointed that, the Primary Election that produced the present crops of House of Assembly members was hugely threatened by disproportionate interests
According to him, if we as politicians must fight in anyway we must never do so to the disadvantage of the our state.
Okiye, however, explained that the failure of the former lawmakers-elect to present themselves for inauguration led to the declaration of their seats vacant.
He said “we did what we did not to hurt anybody but to bring sanity to politics and governance in our state and to assert the importance of legislative arm of government.”
“For the record, the deliberating controversy that has engulfed the polity, and in particular the Edo State APC, actually predated the proclamation by Mr Governor which convened the inaugural sitting of the current legislative session. If not, our brothers, who are today victims of power control quest, would not have waited for an alternative proclamation or signal from another quarter after the office that is duly and constitutionally saddled (with the responsibility) has done so. It was a wrong move.
As a chief stakeholder in the Edo political project, the role expected of Oshiomhole then was out of honour, respect and also so that the Governor is not accused of being overbearing in influence.
The Speaker said. “That is why the claim by a former secretary to the state government, Pastor Ize Iyamu, that Governor Obaseki’s mishandling of the state House of Assembly proclamation caused the crisis, is not only self-serving, but it is also an evidence of political dementia suffered by someone wallowing in utter ignorance but is desperately seeking a momentary popularity,” Okiye stated that as elected public officials, the lawmakers are not bigger than those who elected them,
He added: “We are, in fact, subject to the people who elected us; they are our masters, they are our leaders, our paymasters and we cannot under any guise abdicate the responsibilities they freely gave us on the altar of cheap and bitter politics.”
Okiye said that, the governor did everything possible, to prevent the crisis that was forced on the party by some political gladiators.