Wednesday, 10 July 2019

EDO-13 state lawmakers demand fresh inauguration


    The House of Representatives has resolved to wade into the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly.

   To this end, the House  set up a  13-man panel to investigate recent development in the Assembly. The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, charged the  the panel, headed by Abdulrasak Namdas to  equally explore the possibility of reconciling all the gladiators in the crisis, and report back to the House within one week. This followed the adoption of a motion moved by Julius Ihonvbere under matters of urgent public importance, at yesterday’s plenary .

  Crisis broke out in the Edo Assembly, after nine members participated in the inaugural session of the House, where they elected Frank Okiye, as speaker. The other 15 members, who were  absent, alleged foul play, stating that they were not invited to the inaugural session. However, three of the 15 protesting members later presented themselves to Okiye, who administered the oath of office on them.

   However, Ihonvbere, in his motion contended that the inauguration of the seventh Edo Assembly was done “clandestinely” on June 17, ten days after the expiration of the sixth Assembly. The lawmaker added the 15 members-elect, who were not “informed” of the inauguration were allegedly attacked by thugs and state security outfit code named “Wabaizigan” at a press briefing on June 18, where they demanded for a “proper inauguration” of the assembly.


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