14 Edo lawmakers have stormed NASS to demand fresh inauguration of Edo Assembly. The lawmarkers were led by Comrade Peter Akpatason and Prof.Julius Ihonvbere , and they are expected to move a motion asking the National Assembly to take over the running of Edo Assembly until a proper inauguration is done.
It is important to note that 2 weeks ago the ruling All Progressives Congress APC condemned what it described as “the charade being presented as the inauguration of new State Houses of Assembly in Edo and Bauchi States” and upbraided Govs. Godwin Obaseki and Bala Muhammed for resorting to underhand tactics in inaugurating the assemblies.
In a statement issued and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, states that “We viewed this illegality with shock and disappointment. As a party that has made a commitment to change, we strongly reject any attempt to take a recourse to brigandage of the past, when democratic practices were defined by the inordinate whims of people in power. Democracy must be governed by the rule of law. A situation where 11 lawmakers in the 31-member Bauchi State House of Assembly and nine lawmakers in the 24-member Edo State House of Assembly were secretly ‘inaugurated’ and purportedly ‘elect’ principal officers behind closed doors is a joke and an embarrassment. It is an unfortunate reminder of PDP’s queer brand of democracy. Practices like this are unacceptable under APC-led administration. As a party that is committed to higher ideals, we would use all democratic means necessary to ensure the right thing is done.