Governor Godwin Obaseki has blamed the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the crisis rocking the Edo State House Assembly.
Speaking when the Senate Committee set up to look into Edo Assembly crisis visited the state for its fact-finding mission, the governor stated that the failure of the APC leadership to properly investigate the issues lead to the crisis.
Obaseki explained that he performed his constitutional duty by issuing a proclamation letter and that the Clerk of the House undertook the processes as deemed fit.
“When people arbitrarily make up their minds because of some predetermined outcomes and make statements and conduct themselves, this is what it leads to,” he said.
“I issued a proclamation. Consultations were held before the proclamation was issued. Various party organs met before decisions were reached. As far as I am concerned, I abide by the Constitution and issued a proclamation. I believe in the separation of powers.
“Whatever the outcome, we expected that if a higher authority were concerned about the fate of this state, they would have called to see how to resolve the issue but that wasn’t done. The matter has moved to court and all parties are in court. I have done my own beat. Within the legislature, there are issues and they have gone to the judiciary and the constitution provides for clear separation of powers.
“We have evidence that people are under pressure. Look at this matter in the interest of our country and in defence of our democracy.”