- Concerned residents in Edo state have held a peaceful protest to urge Governor Obaseki to issue the proclamation for the inauguration of the state assembly
- The protesters pleaded with the governor to respect the rights of voters who elected the state lawmakers by allowing the 7th state assembly be inaugurated
- Obaseki's aide Osagie assured that the governor would do the needful on return from his trip to Abuja
Edo residents on Wednesday, June 12 held a peaceful protest to urge Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue the executive proclamation that would lead to the inauguration of the state's 7th Assembly.
The Nation reports that the protest was led by One Love Foundation, who founder, Patrick Eholor, noted that it was pathetic that Edo was the only state whose House of Assembly was yet to be inaugurated.
He said: “We are gathered here today for a peaceful protest to remind the governor of Edo State that the citizen deserves better.
“This is our seventh assembly. We are hoping that as at now, the governor would have transmitted proclamation letter to the Clerk so that they can carry out the duty and functions in a democracy."
Eholor says it was unfair to the citizens that they had to suffer the non-inauguration of the assembly just because APC members have disagreements among themselves.
He noted: “So, if the Edo APC has issues with themselves, they should come to a round table to settle it because they cannot use Edo people to settle their issues.
“We cannot continue to suffer this pain. It is very clear in the 1999 constitution, section 105, subsection 3. I am not a lawyer but I read it very clearly that when election is conducted, and the people have been duly elected, the governor has the right to transmit to the clerk of the house of assembly so that the people can be sworn in so that they can continue with the business for the people.
“So that is why we are here to appeal to them to swear them in immediately."
Eholor urged Governor Obaseki to respect the rights of those who voted for him and also voted for the state lawmakers who have now been held to ransom by the lack of proclamation letter.
“The governor is a technocrat, he is very well read. We are appealing to his conscience that no matter what is going on within him or within the party or within any other political parties, he should do the needful and respect the right of those who voted for him and for those who voted for the house of assembly members,” he said.
Reacting, Governor Obaseki's media aide Crusoe Osagie assured that he would proclaim the Assembly ready for inauguration when he returns from his current trip to Abuja.
The protest comes just days after Legit.ng reported that Governor Obaseki, on Sunday, June 9, said there was no disagreement between him and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Obaseki described the reported disagreement between him and the national chairman of the ruling APC as fake news.
He said: “There is no infraction between me and the national chairman of the party. It is all in the press. It is all fake news."
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