Oshiomhole Is After Obaseki Not EDHA, Says Okiye
“The plot is actually aimed at Governor Obaseki and the endpoint is to stop him from getting a return ticket as governor next year.”
Those were the words of the speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye.
While fielding questions from journalists on Friday, Okiye accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole of using the EDHA as a smokescreen.
The speaker claimed that Oshiomhole’s real target was not his office or the Assembly but the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Okiye who became the speaker in June said Oshiomhole’s plan is to deny Obaseki’s his second term ticket, describing it as a “grand plot”.
Oshiomhole and his former political bride, Obaseki had been at loggerhead which has led to factionalisation in the state.
on June 17, while nine lawmakers loyal to Obaseki were inaugurated, their colleagues in the camp of the former governor of the states were stranded.
“The truth is that the Edo state assembly and my office as the speaker are not the real targets of this crisis. The plot is actually aimed at Governor Obaseki and the endpoint is to stop him from getting a return ticket as governor next year,” Okiye said.
“Comrade Oshiomhole is actually after Obaseki, the state assembly has only used a smokescreen to his plans. The idea now is to take over the house, destabilize the state and possibly impeach the governor.
“The Edo Peoples Movement that originated this crisis has boasted that they will ensure that the governor does not come back for the second tenure. I have said it before on several occasions that we know who is beating the drum for them in the national assembly.
“They have found themselves in the position of stooge to make it look like they cannot think outside the box, it’s unfortunate.”
On the 30th July, The Nigerian Senate gave the governor a week ultimatum to issue a fresh proclamation after earlier setting up a committee to look into the crisis
Responding, Okiye advised his runaway colleagues to return to the chamber and regularise their documents as lawmaker-elects.
He said “We have been sitting as a parliament. I just drove out of office after the plenary session. Lawmakers are going about their committee work. We just invited commissioner for works to appear before the house over a matter of public importance,
“The door is open for the remaining lawmaker-elect, they should come to assembly, complete and regularize their documentation and they will be sworn in.
“The constitution says when the house is unable to sit, that means when it cannot perform the function it was supposed to perform.
“And this notification was supposed to be given or declared by the governor who will say that there is no one to clear my commissioners, oversee my legislative requests and so on. That was what the constitution contemplated, not the national assembly sitting over a state assembly as if we are a colony under them.”
Despite the obvious crisis, neither the APC Chairman nor the Edo State governor has aggrieved to be at loggerhead.