- All seems not to be well in the politics of Edo state
- The inauguration of the state's 7th Assembly has further deepened the crisis in the state
- Government officials said the Assembly was inaugurated at 3pm on Monday, June 17 while opponents claimed it was done at 12 midnight
Controversy is brewing in Edo following the inauguration of the state's 7th Assembly, in what some say was done in secret.
Hon Frank Okiye (Esan North East 1) was elected Speaker while Hon. Yekini Idiaye of Akoko Edo Constituency 11 was elected deputy Speaker.
According to The Nation, government officials, in their various social media platforms, said the Assembly was inaugurated at 3pm on Monday, June 17 while opponents claimed it was done at 12 midnight.
Reports said Clerk of the Edo House of Assembly, Alhaji Audu Yahaya Omogbai, ushered the members-elect into the chamber and read out the letter of proclamation transmitted to the office of the clerk by Governor Obaseki.
After his election, Speaker Okiye thanked all present for the confidence reposed in him and promised to work for the people of Edo state.
Okiye urged all lawmakers who have not satisfied the process of swearing-in, including completion of the asset declaration form.
His words: “It is with the deepest sense of humility that I receive this call to serve the people and I assure that I will do all in my power to serve their best interest at all times.
“I congratulate my colleagues and fellow members who are today inaugurated and urge other members-elect who are yet to meet up with the requirements for inauguration to do so without delay so they can join this honorable house in the discharge of its responsibilities.”
Among members present at the inauguration were Hon. Nosa Okunbor; Hon. Henry Okuarobo; Hon. Uyi Ekhosuehi; Hon. Marcus Onobun; Hon. Ephraim Anehbosele; Hon. Roland Asoro; Hon. Eric Okaka; Hon Frank Okiye and Hon Yekini
It was learnt that a team of lawyers were assembled to study the implication before three lawmakers were invited for a meeting and in the process, their phones collected from them after which they were driven to the House of Assembly and then sworn in by the Ckerk.
There was also heavy security presence around the assembly premises.
Sitting was, however, adjourned till Wednesday, July 17.
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, June 5 met and discussed on how to deepen economic ties and improve on the security situation in the two states.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Obaseki arrived Government House, Asaba with members of his executive council at about 1.06 pm and was received by Governor Okowa and his team. The meeting went into closed door and lasted for about 45 minutes.
“It was a meeting between brothers, friends who are now governors and more interesting is that, our states belonged to the old Bendel and he came with ideas that will move the two states forward,” Governor Okowa said.
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