- Governor Obaseki says 14 APC lawmakers in Edo have lost their seat
- The governor also said he lacked the power to reinstate them
- Going further, Obaseki lambasted the lawmakers for doing the wish of godfathers
The fourteen All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly lawmakers in Edo state that refused to present themselves for inauguration have lost their seats according to Governor Godwin Obaseki.
According to the Edo governor, as a result of their refusal, their seats remain vacant, Leadership reports.
Obaseki disclosed this when he paid a “thank-you” visit to the PDP national secretariat over the outcome of the Edo state governorship election.
Going further, he said he lacked the power to reinstate the lawmakers because they had stayed away for more than the 180 days stipulated in the constitution for which their seats were declared vacant.
“We have a dissident group that people were elected and refused to be inaugurated, they were not prevented. They were listening to their godfather who kept hoping and promising that he would unconstitutionally get the state House of Assembly to reissue a proclamation even after the court had settled the matter”.
“For more than 180 days, they did not come. They refused to represent the people. Those seats became vacant; that’s what the constitution says. They went to court after they were declared vacant by the speaker. There is nothing I can do about it at this time. I wish it didn’t happen but people were playing god and promising what is not constitutional”.
“Even if I wanted today to bring them back, I don’t have such powers."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Uche Secondus, the national chairman of PDP advised Obaseki to make peace with the members of the opposition in the state willing to work with him.
Secondus gave the advice when he led Edo PDP stakeholders on a “thank you visit” to the national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, October 5.
Legit.ng gathered that the party chief also reminded Obaseki that elections are over and it is time to bring everyone together including “those that offended you.”
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