Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State warned the Senate not to interfere in the ongoing dispute in the Edo State House of Assembly.
Nine lawmakers loyal to the governor were secretly inaugurated on June 17, leaving their colleagues in the camp of Oshiomhole stranded.
This resulted in the Senate ordering Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the 7th Edo state House of Assembly.
This follows the presentation of the report by its Adhoc committee on the crisis rocking the state house of assembly.
The lawmakers in their fresh directive told the governor to issue the fresh proclamation withing a week or the National Assembly will take over legislative duties in the state.
Reacting in a statement by Osarodion Ogie, secretary to the state government (SSG), Oabseki maintained that he would not issue a fresh proclamation as ordered by the Senate.
The statement reads: “The Edo state government watched with alarm today as the distinguished senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a step that was not totally unexpected, purported to pass a resolution in the following terms: – Directing the Governor of Edo State to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the Edo state house of assembly, and ordering a fresh inauguration of the Edo state house of assembly within one (1) week from the date of the said resolution.
“As earlier mentioned, this move was not unexpected in the light of the enormous political pressure which had been brought to bear on the officers and members of the distinguished senate by the highly-placed and powerful persons who are intent on foisting their will and choices on the good people of Edo state.
“This is borne out by the recorded statements made by one Seid Oshiomhole (a member-elect and younger brother of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress Comrade Adams Oshiomhole) wherein he boasted that both the senate president, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the speaker of the house of representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has been instructed on what to do in this matter.
“The government of Edo state wishes to observe that the chairman and members of the ad-hoc committee of the senate which visited Edo state were made aware of the existence of at least three (3) suits pending before various courts wherein the factual and legal dispute regarding the Edo State House of Assembly inauguration have been submitted to the courts by both contending parties for resolution.
“It is unfortunate that the distinguished senate would act in flagrant breach of these various court orders and purport to come to factual and legal conclusions concerning a matter in which the parties are already before the courts and therefore sub judice.
“The Edo state government maintains that there is nowhere in the constitution particularly Section 11 (4) which enables the national assembly to take over any house of assembly or in this respect, the Edo state house of assembly.”