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EDHA crisis: Abubakar Malami has abused ‘the law’ – Obaseki.

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A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Don-Pedro Obaseki, has reacted to the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly.

Obaseki, who spoke on Monday during an opinion poll (known to Noble Reporters Media), accused the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami of abusing the law.

According to him, Malami’s response to the crisis engulfing the Edo parliament has revealed what side of the political divide he is supporting.

“I will state clearly that Mr. Malami has shown himself as a law officer, as a most-partisan one who decides to speak depending on what part of the (political) party divide he is on. What he has done is a flagrant abuse of the law,” he said.

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He also accused the newly sworn-in members of the assembly of forging a mace used during their inauguration.

While noting that the original mace is with the Speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, the PDP member described the situation as treasonable.

Obaseki, therefore, called for the arrest of the 14 members of the House for allegedly forging a mace during their swearing-in.

PDP member, Don-Pedro Obaseki accuses the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, of flouting the law with respect to the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“They have gone to forge a mace. When you forge a mace, you are forcefully taking over a part of the government.

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“That is treasonable. The original mace still lies with the Speaker, Mr Okiye. The Department of State Service should go and arrest them. They are a threat to the state,” he said.

Speaking further, he explained that the House of Assembly is only proclaimed once and that has already been done earlier by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

17 APC Lawmakers in Edo claimed to have impeached the State House of Assembly Speaker on August 6, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

His remarks come days after some unknown persons invaded the Edo Assembly and climbed the roof of the complex where they removed the mace.

Shortly after, 17 lawmakers, including 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant, claim that they have impeached the Speaker of the House, Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro


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EDHA crisis, insult to Nigerian democracy – Ike Ekweremadu

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The former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has described the political crises in Edo state as an embarrassment and an affront to Nigerian democracy.

Senator Ekweremadu was speaking on the sideline of the Enugu Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congress to elect new executives of the party at the state level.

According to Mr. Ekweremadu, the people of Edo state should be given the opportunity to exercise their franchise and elect who they want as their leader.

Ekweremadu called on all the players irrespective of party affiliation to desist from any act that will threaten the young democracy of Nigerian.

“What is happening in Edo State is an affront in democracy, I believe this is not supposed to be so.

“The people should be allowed to decide who their leader should be and that is the difference between democracy and other forms of government.

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“So, the issue and attitude of bringing in thugs, bringing in security men to come and determine the will of the people is anti-democracy, I cannot support that kind of attitude.

File photo of former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. (Noble Reporters Media / Ogunjimi Busayo)

“I want to appeal to all the players in Edo State, both PDP, APC, and other political parties, to give peace a chance and allow the good people of Edo State to elect their leaders.

“Unless we do that, we are undermining our democracy,” Ekweremadu told newsmen.

The crisis in Edo state ahead of the gubernatorial election is deepening, with the situation moving from the exchange of banters by political rivals, to threats of assassination.

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Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu at a press briefing on Saturday said there is a plot to assassinate high-profile personalities in the state.

Mr Shaibu noted that the state government has gathered intelligence suggesting that some individuals are in Edo state and their assignment is to assassinate certain known individuals.

“I am hereby bringing to the notice of the general public that these people are in town and we’ve communicated to the security agencies about their activities and why they are in town,” Shaibu stated at the briefing.

The deputy governor called on President Muhammadu Buhari to charge security agencies to “do their work because Edo will not be a theatre of war if these things are dealt with.”


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EDHA crisis: Provide security for newly sworn in members – Malami asks IGP

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to provide security for the 14 newly sworn-in members of the Edo State House of Assembly.

In a letter dated August 5, Malami said his intervention was to enable the lawmakers to hold plenary within the House of the Assembly complex.

“My office is in receipt of a letter dated 3rd August 2020 from Messrs West Idahosa & Co. requesting for the intervention of my office on behalf of its clients who are members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly but who were excluded or prevented from being inaugurated till date since the House was inaugurated on 17th June 2019. A copy of the letter is attached for ease of reference.

“In view of the foregoing and in order to ensure constitutional compliance with the dictates of Sections 91 – 96 of the 1999 Constitution (as altered) and also to prevent the breakdown of peace, law and order, I’m requesting you kindly provide adequate security measures for the purpose of the inauguration of the concerned members and subsequent sittings in Edo State House of Assembly,” Malami’s letter read.

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Seventeen lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly, including 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant, claim that they have impeached the Speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.

AGF and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, addresses a press conference on August 22, 2019. (Noble Reporters Media / Oyeyemi Gafar)

The decision was taken on Thursday at a private location in Benin City, the state capital, hours after security officials took over the State Assembly Complex.

In their place, the lawmakers say they have elected Victor Edoror, who represents Esan Central Constituency, and Emmanuel Agbaje, who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency II as Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively.

At the meeting, the 14 lawmakers-elect were, first, sworn in and then, together with three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed to have impeached the Speaker and his deputy.


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EDHA crisis: Tinubu breaks silence.

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has broken his silence on the crisis engulfing the Edo State House of Assembly.

In a statement he personally signed on Friday, Tinubu said Governor Godwin Obaseki has now resorted to the strong-arm tactics of dictators.

He said after denying elected members of the house of assembly from being inaugurated for over a year, the governor allegedly mobilised thugs to frustrate their inauguration.

While noting that Obaseki committed an impeachable offence by not inaugurating the assembly members timely, the APC leader said the lawmakers have not indicated an interest in removing him from office.

“The recent actions of the Governor of Edo State represent the gravest possible assault on constitutional democracy and the rule of law and escalation of violence and tension in the state he purports to govern,” Tinubu said.

File photo of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“Not satisfied with making a mockery of our constitution by blocking the timely inauguration of two-thirds of the elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly, Governor Obaseki has now resorted to the strong-arm tactics of dictators.

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“First, he sponsors hoodlums to deface, indeed destroy, parts of the House of Assembly Building in Benin, feigning the building is undergoing renovation. Then, he imports sand and gravels to prevent access to the assembly complex. In effect, the man has spent state funds to thwart the very apparatus of the state government he was sworn to uphold. He has squandered public money to defeat the very will of the public. This is tragic beyond words.

“As a pretext for his refusal to allow the Edo House of Assembly to function, Governor Obaseki’s actions are perverse. This is a cowardly act and a move to thwart representative democracy in Edo. No renovation has been planned for the statehouse building. No appropriation was made in the state’s budget. The only reason any renovation could be deemed necessary is the destruction wrought by his own goons.

“Governor Obaseki’s governance of Edo State recalls the worst excesses of our military past and represents a direct threat to the democratic order. By his refusal to permit duly elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly to perform their constitutional duties, Governor Obaseki betrayed contempt for the people of his state and, unfortunately, his ignorance of Nigeria’s constitutional order. As a Governor he ought to know better than to obstruct the functioning of his own legislature, but perhaps he is in need of a quick lesson.”

His reaction comes shortly after some unknown persons stormed the assembly, climbed the roof of the complex and removed the mace.


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EDHA crisis: Unsuccessful Assembly invasion; attempted Coup D’etat – Obaseki

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has described the takeover of the State House of Assembly Complex as an attempted coup d’état that is tantamount to treason and contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

He said this in a state-wide broadcast on Friday and gave an assurance that his administration would take all steps necessary to defend the rule of law and democratic ideals.

“Any person or group of persons who set out to test our will in this regard will meet with the full wrath of the law,” the governor warned.

He added, “These events portend grave danger to the safety and security of our polity. It had all the hallmarks of an attempted coup d’état.

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“The people of Edo State rose as one to prevent the desecration of our democracy. It is, however, worrisome that certain persons are willing to plunge the society into avoidable anarchy and conflict just to satisfy their illegitimate objectives.”

Governor Obaseki said the crisis in the state legislature dated back to June 17, 2019, when upon his proclamation of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly, some members-elect refused to present themselves for the inauguration.

He explained that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State had in a judgement delivered on September 12, 2019, held that his proclamation of the House of Assembly was lawful.

According to the governor, the court ruled that the National Assembly cannot take over the function of the Edo State House of Assembly, as the conditions for doing so do not exist.

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“The court judgement affirmed that the Assembly was duly inaugurated and held that the governor or any other person could not issue another proclamation,” he said.

Governor Obaseki stated, “Even after this judgement, the 14 members-elect stayed away from the House and refused to be inaugurated to perform their elected role of representing their constituencies.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, addresses residents in a state-wide broadcast in August 7, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Ogundele Tolulope)

“Having failed to sit for over 180 sitting days, the leadership of the House of Assembly had no option but to declare their seats vacant and requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections to fill the vacancies that had then been created.”

The governor noted that following the action by the leadership of the House, the 14 members-elect approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the constitutionality or otherwise of the declaration of their seats vacant.

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He alleged that while the suit was still pending in the court, the situation has festered because a former governor of the state was bent on throwing Edo into crisis ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

Governor Obaseki, however, commended the resolve of the people in standing up to thwart what he described as the evil plans of undemocratic elements committed to perpetrating illegal assault on democracy.

“These events portend grave danger to the safety and security of our polity. It had all the hallmarks of an attempted coup d’état,” he insisted.

The governor added, “It is, however, worrisome that certain persons are willing to plunge the society into avoidable anarchy and conflict just to satisfy their illegitimate objectives. These acts are tantamount to treason, contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.”


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EDHA crisis: PDP supporters protest over Assembly takeover

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Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have staged a protest at the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

The protesters, comprising women and youths, stormed the Assembly complex on Friday while security operatives keep watch at the facility for the second day.

They pledged their support for the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and prayed for peace to reign in the state.

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The PDP supporters also threw their weight behind a factional Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye, saying they recognise him only as the leader of the legislative arm of government in Edo.

PDP supporters protest at the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City on August 7, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Oyeyemi Gafar)

They, however, rejected another factional Speaker of the House, Victor Edoror, who was claimed to have been inaugurated by 17 lawmakers on Thursday.

The protesters also condemned the inauguration of 14 lawmakers-elect in Edo at a private residence in the state capital.

They insisted that the inauguration of the lawmakers was done in violation of the law, stressing that the lawmakers had missed their chance to join the House.


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EDHA crisis: How tattered Edo Assembly looks like after roof top removal | Photos

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The picture above shows what the legislative chamber of the Edo State House of Assembly looks like after its rooftop was removed on the order of the state government.

This followed the takeover of the Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital by security operatives on Thursday purportedly to forestall a plan to attack the facility by some unnamed persons.

Recall, Noble Reporters Media had reported that police officers comprising operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm occupied the complex as early as 8am.

The police were later joined by personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), preventing entry into the Assembly premises.

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Thereafter, Governor Godwin Obaseki visited the complex amid chanting by some supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who thronged the scene.

Governor Obaseki was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, and the Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye, claimed to have been impeached by 17 lawmakers in the state.

The governor condemned the action of the security operatives and promised to secure the lives and properties of the people after which he left the scene.

Thereafter, tipper trucks drove to the complex where they off-loaded sand and gravel in front of the Assembly in what the government explained was part of ongoing reconstruction work at the complex.

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Some unknown persons climbed the roof of the complex to remove the mace while others believed to be construction workers removed the rooftop of the building.

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EDHA crisis: Stop APC from causing troubles – LP begs Buhari

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The candidate of the Labour Party in the September 19, 2020, gubernatorial election in Edo State, Dr. Isaiah Osifo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the sacked national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comr. Adams Oshiomhole and stop the leadership of the party in Edo State from plunging the state into anarchy.

Addressing a press conference in Benin City, following the failed invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on the orders of leaders of the APC, Osifo urged Oshiomhole and his violent conspirators to approach the judiciary for a peaceful resolution if they have a case with the Assembly.

Osifo said Oshiomhole must accept the failure of his leadership and discontinue his ambition of sponsoring violence as a path for the realisation of his desire to convert Edo into his personal property.

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Osifo said: “We have come together and united as major stakeholders in the Edo State political system to call on President Buhari and all lovers of peace and democracy in Nigeria to admonish and stop the ambition of APC leadership from plunging Edo State into political violence.

“The crisis in Edo State is not a case of two political parties fighting; it is a sad situation of the inordinate desire of the former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole to forcefully convert Edo State into his personal property.

“The people of Edo State are all aware of the internal crisis in the Edo State chapter of APC and we know that the APC internal crisis has its root with the refusal of Oshiomhole to accept the fact that no state in Nigeria can have two sitting governors.

“Oshiomhole’s response to the APC crisis in Edo State was to create two parallel APC secretariats and attempted to create two parallel Edo State legislative arms of government. Adams Oshiomhole should accept the failure of his leadership and discontinue his ambition of sponsoring violence as a path for the realisation of his desire to convert Edo State into his personal property.”

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The guber candidate urged: “The president and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the governor and the Chief Security Officer of Edo State, security agencies and all lovers of peace in Nigeria should understand the facts of the political crisis and respond quickly to guaranty and sustain peace and security in Edo State. The recent interview and threat of violence by Oshiomhole against the people of Edo State on ‘Arise TV medium’ is enough ground to call Oshiomhole to order.

“We are aware that some of the issues that are associated with the dispute in the Edo State House of Assembly have been adjudicated by the judicial arm of government and some are pending for judgment. In a democracy, disputes in the political system or between persons are resolved by the Judiciary. If Oshiomhole and his violent conspirators have a case with Edo State House of Assembly, they should approach the Judiciary for a peaceful resolution.

“We jointly condemn any act that will lead Edo State into violence. Oshiomhole should note that the governorship contest is between him and all the people of Edo State, and all the political parties that are interested in a peaceful, free and fair election,” he added.


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EDHA crisis: Edo elections in “grave danger” – Atiku

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says the current happenings in Edo portend grave danger for the forthcoming governorship elections in the state.

Atiku also said, in a series of tweets on his official handle, that recent developments in the South South state is a threat to constitutional order in the country.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election said without the rule of law, there will be lawlessness and called on the concerned parties to follow the laws of the land.

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“Nigeria has been on edge due to the brinkmanship of those charged with democratic leadership,” he said.

“We must, as a nation, not escalate the already tense atmosphere in our polity. The current goings-on portends grave danger, not only to law and order in that state but to the coming Edo elections.”

While restating that Edo residents should be allowed to pick their choice candidate in the September 19th poll, he said “pending then, everything legally possible must be done to preserve the status quo.”

Impeachment?
On Thursday, seventeen lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly, including 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant, claim that they have impeached the Speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.

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The decision was taken at a private location in Benin City, the state capital, hours after security officials took over the State Assembly Complex.

Drama in Assembly Complex
Drama played out on earlier at the Edo State House of Assembly when dozens of heavily armed security operatives stormed the complex, leading to the eventual renovation of the complex.

As early as 8 am, police officers comprising operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm occupied the complex in Benin City, the state capital.

They were later joined by personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), preventing entry into the Assembly premises.


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EDHA: 17 Edo lawmakers, 14 unseat members claims to have impeach speaker

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Seventeen lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly, including 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant, claim that they have impeached the Speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.

The decision was taken on Thursday at a private location in Benin City, the state capital, hours after security officials took over the State Assembly Complex.

In their place, the lawmakers say they have elected Victor Edoror, who represents Esan Central Constituency, and Emmanuel Agbaje, who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency II as Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively.

At the meeting, the 14 lawmakers-elect were, first, sworn in and then, together with three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed to have impeached the Speaker and his deputy.

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The Edo State House of Assembly has been embroiled in a crisis since 2019, one that has now been worsened by the buildup to the governorship elections in the state.

Twenty-four lawmakers were elected from the 24 constituencies during the 2019 general elections.

However, only 10 of them were inaugurated on July 17 of the same year, sparking a controversy that included intervention from the National Assembly.

Five of the 10 lawmakers that were inaugurated including the then Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, had declared support for Ize-Iyamu last week, after accusing Governor Godwin Obaseki of rendering the legislature in the state useless.

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In retaliation, four of the five inaugurated lawmakers met on Wednesday and impeached Idiaye, replacing him with Asoro.

But the lawmakers loyal to Ize-Iyamu claimed to have impeached him and the Speaker, Okiye.

Although a total of 19 lawmakers have pledged their loyalty to the APC, only 17 were present at the meeting and signed the impeachment notice.

The lawmakers, before the end of the plenary, also issued a notice to the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police in Edo that they would be taking over the Assembly on Friday having taken over its leadership.


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Edo Assembly: Trouble as Men destroys property at EDHA

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Drama played out on Thursday at the Edo State House of Assembly when dozens of heavily armed security operatives stormed the complex, leading to the eventual renovation of the complex.

As early as 8 am, police officers comprising operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm occupied the complex in Benin City, the state capital.

They were later joined by personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), preventing entry into the Assembly premises.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the move was purportedly to forestall an alleged plan to attack the facility by some unnamed persons.

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A Desperate Opposition?
A short while after the police took over the complex, some supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo thronged the scene, chanting solidarity songs in support of the current leadership of the Assembly.

Amid the chanting by the supporters, Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking re-election on the PDP platform, also arrived at the complex alongside the Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye, and went straight into the Assembly premises without resistance from the security operatives.

In his reaction, the governor condemned what he described as the desperation of his major opponent and his supporters for allegedly planning to take over the assembly complex and occupy it in order to disrupt the democratic process and rule of law.

Construction workers remove the rooftop of the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City on August 6, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

He, however, affirmed his determination to ensure that the rule of law and one-man-one-vote was accomplished in the state.

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Okiye, on his part, alleged that the police action was instigated from Abuja while the governor vowed to ensure the lawmakers and the people of the state were protected.

Invasion Turned Renovation
After addressing the supporters, Governor Obaseki left the scene while the police once again ordered the party supporters outside the complex, where they continued their solidarity dance.

Thereafter, tipper trucks drove to the complex where they off-loaded sand and gravel in front of the Assembly in what the government explained was part of ongoing reconstruction work at the complex.

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Some unknown persons climbed the roof of the complex where they removed the mace.

Others believed to be construction workers were also seen removing the rooftop of the building in what appeared to be part of the renovation exercise.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, and the State House of Assembly Speaker, Frank Okiye, and others at the Assembly complex in Benin City on August 6, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

When asked why taking such action, they said they were working on instructions from the appropriate authorities.

A Prototype Unveiled
Despite the unsettling events at the complex, the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, and Okiye inspected the ongoing work at the site where they unveiled a prototype for the rebuilding of the assembly.

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The blockade of the Assembly complex as well as the removal of its rooftop, which seemed to be a new twist in the political sphere in Edo, have led to a war of words between the PDP and the All Progressives Congress.

In its reaction, the PDP described the taking over of the complex as illegal and a recipe for violence in the state.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, told journalists at a news conference in Abuja that the police were working for the interest of the APC and not for the people of Edo State.

He also called on the Inspector-General of Police to pull out the security operatives from the complex, saying it could spark violence ahead of the governorship election.

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Similarly, the Special Adviser to Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that the move was part of the APC’s plot to distract the governor’s campaign train.

A senior police officer and others at the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City on August 6, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

A Parallel Assembly
According to him, the APC is panic-stricken by the huge crowd of supporters in the campaign train of Governor Obaseki and has resorted to the “devilish plot to illegally hijack the legislature, inaugurate a parallel assembly and possibly impeach the governor”.

These allegations were, however, countered by the chairman of the State APC Media Campaign Council for the governorship election, John Mayaki.

He dismissed the claims by the Edo State government that the APC and its former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, ferried police from Abuja to block the Edo Assembly complex, saying the party does not control the police.

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On the other hand, Mayaki alleged that Governor Obaseki was responsible for numerous other sieges on the assembly complex.

He stressed that the state government and the PDP were in the best position to tell the world who sponsored the police blockade on the Assembly.

Mayaki also asked the governor to explain why a branch of government meant to carry out oversight functions and check the excesses of the executive arm has been holding plenary allegedly inside the Government House for months.

Thursday’s drama comes six weeks ahead of the governorship election in Edo State. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed September 16 to conduct the poll.


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EDHA blockade: We don’t have control over Police – APC says

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The takeover of the Edo State House of Assembly complex by security operatives has sparked an exchange of blame between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While the PDP blamed the opposition party in the state for the incident, the APC denied the allegation that it brought police personnel from Abuja to block the Assembly complex.

In a statement on Thursday, Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, explained that as a political party, the APC does not control the police.

He, however, accused the Edo State government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the legislative arm of government by attacking its members-elect and denying them representation.

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Mayaki alleged that the governor was responsible for a number of sieges on the Assembly complex, adding that he was in the best position to explain who sponsored the blockade of the Assembly.

“It is a known fact that the outgoing governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has treated the House of Assembly, an independent and co-equal branch of government, as a mere extension of his office through the brutalisation of members-elect and the denial of representation to the majority of members,” he claimed.

The campaign council spokesman added, “In Gestapo style, the outgoing governor hijacked a tiny minority and purportedly inaugurated them in the dead of the night.

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“The sham inauguration was condemned and set aside by both arms of the National Assembly after their separate investigations revealed that the members, and indeed the Clerk, were forced to participate in the illegality under threat to life.”

Noble Reporters Media earlier reported that security operatives from the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) laid a siege on the Assembly following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.

Responding to the allegations that the former National Chairman of the APC sponsored the blockade, Mayaki distanced Adams Oshiomhole and his party from the incident.

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He stressed that if Oshiomhole had the power to control the police, he would not be locked out of the APC’s national secretariat in Abuja after a court suspended him.

Instead, the campaign council spokesman called on the state government to explain what was going on to the people of Edo.

He alleged that a branch of government meant to carry out oversight functions and check the excesses of the executive arm had been holding plenary inside the Government House for months over a supposed fumigation and renovation exercise at the Assembly complex.

“If indeed he (Oshiomhole) has any control over the police, wouldn’t he have instructed them to leave and grant him entry (into the APC national secretariat)?” Mayaki questioned.


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Seize illegal invasion of EDHA – PDP tells IGP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately stop the invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly.

In a statement on Thursday, the party described the incident as an attempt to forcefully take over the Assembly by security operatives allegedly deployed from Abuja by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP also blamed the incident on the former National Chairman of the APC, saying it was a direct coup against the democratic order of Edo State and a recipe for anarchy, chaos, and bloodletting.

“We urge the Inspector General to act with dispatch to curb this nefarious situation, which has heightened tension in the state, and if not halted, may result in a bloody clash as the citizens are already charged to defend their symbol of democracy from a forceful takeover,” the party said in the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

It added, “The police hierarchy is urged to note that this provocative and lawless act by the APC is part of its plans to overheat the polity and create a security situation with the view to unleash violence on the people, derail the democratic order in the state, and blame it on security agencies.

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“We condemn this notorious resort to self-help by the APC and their agents to forcefully takeover power in Edo State through the back door.”

We Have No Control
The PDP said it has uncovered an alleged plot to use “the illegal security operation” to seize the processes of the State House of Assembly.

It claimed that the incident was also aimed at illegally inaugurating some persons whose seats have been declared vacant with purported plans to use them to pull down the democratic structure in the state.

The party also accused some leaders of the APC and lawmakers in the state of plots to “import a fake mace, cause anarchy and then push for the imposition of a state of emergency in the state.”

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He claimed that the politicians were taking such actions because of the fear of being defeated in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

“Our party, therefore, charges the IG to wade in and immediately withdraw the illegally deployed security officers and protect democracy and peace in Edo State.

“Our nation cannot afford to have a breakdown of law and order in Edo State at this critical time as such is capable of having a spiral effect on other states in the Niger Delta region, which will further result in dire consequences to our nation,” the PDP warned.

It also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the former APC national chairman to avoid what it described as a serious crisis in the country.

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In its reaction, the APC condemned the allegations of the PDP, saying it has no control over the police.

“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, or the APC, does not control the Police,” a statement by the party’s media campaign council for the governorship election in Edo said

The PDP’s statement was in reaction to the take over of the Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital by security operatives.

Recall, Noble Reporters Media earlier reported how dozens of personnel of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) stormed the Assembly following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.


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Police, NSCDC takes over EDHA complex

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Police have taken over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday morning while patrol vehicles were stationed there.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.

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The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala.

Those at the Assembly include operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm.

Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.

Barely a day before the security operatives took over the facility, members of the Assembly impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye.

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Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday and replaced with Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency.

His impeachment came a few days after Idiaye and four other lawmakers declared their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The five lawmakers were among the 10 members of the House inaugurated in July 2019 while 14 others have yet to be inaugurated.

They insisted that their decision was to remain in the APC on whose platform they were elected.


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EDHA impeaches Yekini Idiaye, elects Roland Asoro as new deputy speaker


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The Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye has been impeached.

Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday which was held at the Assembly complex in Benin City.

Hon. Roland Asoro, who is a member representing Orhionmwon II Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.

His election follows the impeachment of Hon. Yekini Idiaye.


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