- The speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, has declared 14 seats vacant
- The 14 seats are those of the 12 members-elect who are yet to be inaugurated and two who allegedly absconded after inauguration
- Okiye subsequently asked INEC to conduct bye-elections for the affected constituencies within 90 days
Edo state has been the hotbed of a heightened political battle since the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
The state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his predecessor and national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, have been engaged in an unending political battle which has resulted in violence, at least twice, among their supporters.
While political analysts are hoping the party’s stakeholders will resolve the crisis in order not to jeopardise the party’s chances in the 2020 governorship election, the crisis took another dimension on Wednesday, December 4.
The speaker of the state House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, declared 14 seats vacant. He subsequently asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct bye-elections for the affected constituencies within 90 days.
According to a report filed by The Nation, the 14 seats are those of the 12 members-elect who are yet to be inaugurated and two who allegedly stopped going to the state assembly after being inaugurated.
Those whose seats were declared vacant are:
- Chris Okaeben (Oredo West)
- Crosby Eribo (Egor)
- Washington Osifo (Uhunmwode)
- Ugiagbe Dumez (Ovia North East 1)
- Vincent Uwadiae ( Ovia North East 11)
- Sunday Aghedo (Ovia South West)
- Victor Edoror (Esan Central)
- Emmanuel Agbaje (Akoko-Edo 11)
- Eric Okaka (Owan East)
- Micheal Ohio-Ezo (Owan West)
- Oshoma Ahmed (Estako Central)
- Kingsley Ugabi (Estako East)
- Ehi Ekhosuehi (Oredo West)
Okaka and Ekhosuehi were the two lawmakers whose seats were declared vacant for allegedly absconding after being inaugurated,
Legit.ng gathers that the members-elect are demanding for a fresh proclamation to be issued and a proposed inauguration conducted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that some state chairmen of the APC accused Oshiomhole of creating the crisis in Edo and as such have passed a vote of no confidence on him.
In a statement published in Abuja, the state chairmen of the party said that Oshiomhole's suspension has been confirmed by both his ward and local government party executive committees on the grounds of the APC's constitution.
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