- The political situation in Edo state is getting intense following the blockade of the House of Assembly
- PDP supporters in the south-south state have staged a protest at the assembly complex
- Meanwhile, security operatives are still at the complex keeping watch for the second day
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in Edo state have staged a protest at the House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.
Channels TV reports that the protesters stormed the Assembly complex on Friday, August 7, while security operatives remain at the facility for the second day.
Legit.ng gathers that the PDP members pledged their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki and the factional speaker of the house, Frank Okiye.
They rejected another factional speaker of the house, Victor Edoror, who was allegedly inaugurated by 17 lawmakers on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has denied involvement in the police's takeover of the state's House of Assembly on Thursday, August 6.
The chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, said in a statement on Thursday that his party does not control the police.
Mayaki was reacting to the allegation by the PDP that the APC was responsible for the siege.
The APC chieftain, in turn, accused the Edo state government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the state's legislature by attacking its members-elect and denying them representation.
Mayaki alleged that Governor Godwin Obaseki was responsible for a number of sieges on the Assembly complex, adding that he was in the best position to explain who sponsored the blockade of the assembly.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it may suspend the coming Edo and Ondo governorship elections if there is a breakdown of law and order.
Festus Okoye, the INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee made the statement at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, August 6.
The meeting which was attended by stakeholders deliberated on a number of issues, including preparations for the elections.
Okoye raised concerns over the malicious actions such as destruction of opponents’ campaign materials, billboards, violent campaigns and use of offensive language.
He said INEC was determined to conduct peaceful elections in the two states, adding that the commission will not relent in its responsibility to enforce the rules elections.
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