Edo crisis: Obaseki, Oshiomhole’s Target, Not Assembly — Speaker

Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, has condemned the decision of the Senate to ursurp the function of the court in the current political crisis facing Edo state house of assembly and it current position on the issue.

He said that the crisis rocking the state legislature was a smokescreen by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to eventually deny the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, of a second term.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the crisis rocking the state legislature, the Speaker said the planned take over of the State Assembly by the Senate is capable of destabilizing Edo State, adding that the Red Chamber should act as agents of peace and not merchants of crisis.

He said, “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.

“Comrade Oshiomhole is actually after Obaseki, the State Assembly was only 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.”

Noting that the threat of takeover from the National Assembly was part of the grand plot of Oshiomhole, who was the immediate past governor of the state, Okiye said: “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.”

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