- APC said the days of "seven greater than seventeen" are gone in Edo state
- The ruling party stated this while backing the take-over of the Edo assembly by some APC lawmakers
- APC also berated Governor Godwin Obaseki for allegedly promoting impunity in Edo state
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The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed the fracas inside the Edo state House of Assembly that led to the removal of the speaker and deputy on Thursday, August 6.
The ruling party, in a statement by its spokesperson Nabena Yekini, said the APC is in support of the development, adding that "seven cannot be greater than seventeen."
The party also berated Governor Godwin Obaseki for allegedly promoting impunity and laying terror on the other arms of government in Edo state.
It would be recalled that Edo assembly was plunged into turmoil as seventeen state lawmakers loyal to the party impeached state speaker Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.
Before the said impeachment occurred, the 14 lawmakers-elect whose seats were previously declared vacant were sworn in.
Then three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC joined them in the impeachment proceedings against the speaker and his deputy.
Men suspected to be hoodlums were later seen removing the roofs of the state House of Assembly and taking down the mace.
Speaking about the development, APC said the days of impunity when "16 is greater than 19" are gone in Edo state.
“Nigerians will also recall how the PDP introduced the repugnant “16 is greater than 19” political formula. By all standards, it is illegal to deny duly elected legislators their constitutional rights to represent their constituencies in government.
"For the 24-member Edo State House of Assembly, 7 cannot be greater than 17. Those days are gone," Nabena said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Victor Edoror, the newly-elected factional speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly has played down reports about an alleged plan to impeach Governor Obaseki.
There had been reports that the inauguration of the new members and subsequent emergence of the new speaker on Thursday, August 6, was part of a grand plot to impeach the Edo state governor.
But Edoror said the priority of the House under his leadership will be to focus on legislative duties, and not the impeachment of any member of the executive, apparently referring to Obaseki.
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