Oshiomhole renews battle with Obaseki over lawmakers

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has faulted Governor Godwin Obaseki’s failure to inaugurate the 14 APC House of Assembly members-elect.

Oshiomhole also accused Obaseki of marginalising Edo North Senatorial District by refusing to undertake a single project there.

The 14 APC members were elected more than two years ago, but their inauguration was stalled due to the battle between the former governor and Obaseki over the party’s governorship ticket for last year.

Obaskeki, who was an APC chieftain, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when APC denied him a rerun ticket.

Oshiomhole, who spoke during an enlarged meeting of APC leaders in Edo North at Iyamho, his country home, said it was unjustifiable that the 14 lawmakers-elect had not been inaugurated.

He said: “The 14 members elected to the Edo House of Assembly on APC platform, till now, have not been inaugurated. But, they committed no sin.

“They are being denied their right to be sworn in to represent their constituents. God will deliver justice to them in His own way and at His own determined time.”

The former governor said he believed that APC members in Edo North were “proud of themselves”, despite the fact that “as of today, no project by Obaseki is ongoing in their Senatorial district, apart from constituency projects by APC legislators in the National Assembly and those influenced by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba.”

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