People’s Power: Edo Indegenes Surround State Assembly, Prevent Pro-Oshiomhole Lawmakers From Gaining Access

Supporters of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State turned out in large number in the early hours of yesterday at the state’s House of Assembly, in solidarity with Obaseki and the Speaker, Francis Okiye, impeached by factional lawmakers on Thursday, and prevented the pro-Oshiomhole lawmakers from accessing the Assembly.

The crowd that consisted members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and women groups, condoned off the Edo Assembly complex, preventing pro-Oshiomohole lawmakers, who arrived at about 8 AM, and the police, who were allegedly on ground to assist them enter the complex, from achieving their mission.

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Also, the women group, led by Edo South woman leader of PDP, Lady Uwa Osunbor, denounced the purported impeachment of Okiye by the 17 factional members of the House who were allegedly inaugurated on Thursday and which produced Mr. Victor Edoror as their Speaker.

Lady Osunbor said: “We voted for them since last year, they are supposed to be in Edo Assembly to perform their duty, but they relocate to Abuja.

“They are aware that the election is approaching, now that we are ready to vote to reelect our Governor, they don’t have what to campaign with, they decide to use the House of Assembly to cause confusion, and we are not going to agree with them.

When we elected them, they preferred to stay put in Abuja. Let them remain in Abuja. They should not come to disturb us here. We are not tigers and lions, we are compassionate mothers. We are here to beg Edo women, Edo youths, not to listen to them.

All those illegalities they did in somebody’s private living room is not for Edo state. We have not inaugurated them; the people we inaugurated are already doing the legislative business. Let them go back to Abuja with their trouble. We are preparing for election to re-elect our Governor and
they can not disturb us.

That is why we are here to show solidarity with our Speaker, Hon. Okiye. He is the Speaker that we know.”

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