- Some lawmakers-elect of Edo state House of Assembly have denied invitation for the inauguration of the 7th Assembly
- The spokesman of the lawmakers-elect, Washington Osifo, said they were not invited for the inauguration where new speaker was elected
- Nine out of 26 members-elect had elected speaker and the deputy in a closed-door inauguration
Some members-elect of Edo state House of Assembly have denied receiving invitation to the inauguration of the state’s seventh Assembly.
New Telegraph reports that a member representing Esan northeast 1, Frank Okiye, was elected the speaker of the House in what was described as closed-door election.
Legit.ng gathered that some gladiators in the crisis continued to remain loyal to their principals, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor who is now national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
The spokesman for the 16 lawmakers-elect, Washington Osifo, told newsmen in Benin that they would have attended the inauguration if they were invited.
Osifo said the clerk of the House called them at about 5.30pm to inform them that he had been called from the Government House and they were happy that the press conference had moved the governor to do what the constitution demanded.
He said: “The clerk told us he will call back in 30 minutes, but we didn’t hear from him again. Some of our brothers who were supposed to be at a meeting with us were absent. We called them and they were not picking their calls.
“At 9.30p.m., photographs began to filter into our phones suggesting that a kangaroo Assembly was being inaugurated. We were disappointed. One of us was spotted with a short and slippers taking the oath of office. That was an offence in the hallowed chamber, they humiliated him.
He said two of them were kidnapped to make up the nine members, adding that they lacked understanding of what a quorum could mean.
“What the law requires is inauguration of the entire members. They got four and said they have a quorum. It was for the clerk to announce or cause invitation to be sent to us. That was missing. They gave information of the inauguration only to those they wanted to be there. We would have been there,” Osifo said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the inauguration of the state's 7th Assembly, where Hon Frank Okiye (Esan north east 1) was elected speaker while Hon. Yekini Idiaye of Akoko Edo constituency 11 was elected deputy speaker was causing controversy.
The Assembly was said to have been inaugurated at 3pm on Monday, June 17, while opponents claimed it was done at 12 midnight.
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