- Eric Okakah, a member of the Edo state House of Assembly alleged that he was offered a bribe of N5 million
- The money, according to him, was in effort to persuade him to participate in the controversial inauguration of the Edo assembly
- Meanwhile, the House of Reps committee sent to investigate the crises in the state's assembly promised to be fair to all parties
As the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Wednesday, July 10, commenced investigations into the Edo state House of Assembly crisis, a lawmaker, Eric Okakah, alleged that there was an attempt to bribe him with N5 million.
The Guardian reports that Okakah revealed this while giving testimony to the House of Reps committee.
He alleged that he was offered N5 million in a ‘Ghana-must-go’ bag at the government house, Benin City, to participate in the controversial inauguration of the House but he rejected the offer.
Meanwhile, chairman of the 13-member committee, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas at the inaugural meeting with some members-elect of the state House of Assembly in Abuja, promised to be fair to all parties.
Namdas called for cooperation from all the parties involved in the crisis and urged the media to report the facts of the matter for justice to be done and seen to be done.
On his part, the spokesman for the 15 members-elect who were allegedly not informed of the inauguration, Washington Osifo, expressed confidence in the committee’s ability to settle the matter.
He alleged that there was no proclamation from the governor of the state as provided for by the constitution.
Osifo also alleged that the nine members-elect were secretly sworn in by the clerk without the knowledge of the other 15.
Another member-elect, Chris Okaeben, told the committee that the crisis was about the leadership of the assembly.
He said that the leadership of the sixth assembly in the state was an embarrassment to the extent that it voted against the constitutional amendment that would grant state assemblies autonomy.
Victor Edoroh, another member-elect, urged the committee to intervene as his wife and only son were not safe in the state.
In a related development, Legit.ng had reported that Peter Esele, an APC chieftain, said the political crisis rocking the Edo state chapter of the party was self-inflicted.
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