Factional leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly has declared that contrary to reports in the media, no member of the House endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
It accused those it called dissident members-elect of impersonating the leadership of the legislative arm which was proclaimed by the State Governor on June 17, 2019.
The factional Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye disclosed this on Tuesday during a campaign rally by the Peoples Democratic party (PDP at Ward 3 in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the State.
The clarification was in response to media reports that the deputy speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye had on Monday led four other legislators, to endorse Ize-Iyamu.
However, it appeared that the leadership ,by the claim, implied that those who endorsed the governor’s opponent could not be regarded as members of the House haven not been part of the inuaguration by Obaseki. Thus the House Leader, Roland Asoro, who represented the Speaker at the rally, said there was no cause for alarm, stressing that the House of Assembly was intact.
He however admitted that Emmanuel Agbaje (member voted to represent Akoko-Edo II Constituency) had joined the Ize-Iyamu camp.
According to Asoro, “For those of us in Edo State House of Assembly, comprising 10 members, we have resolved not to collect money and do the bidding of anyone.”
He lauded the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki for his efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the State.
Addressing party faithful in Ward 3, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, Obaseki, the candidate of the PDP, said his perception about the people of Akoko-Edo had not changed despite alleged ignoble motives of two citizens from the locality who recently breached the trust of their constituents.
According to him, “In the past 30 years or more, I am the Governor that has supported the people of Akoko-Edo more, even in terms of appointments, according to available records.
“When I came, they said Akoko-Edo had been marginalised. They said Akoko-Edo is one of the most underdeveloped Local Government Area in Edo State. What did I do? I said, I am a man who fears God; When I came, I gave Akoko-Edo Managing Director of Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDTMA). I also made sure that Akoko-Edo person becomes the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. Before now, has Akoko-Edo person ever held such position? No! Have I not done well for you?”, he declared.
The Governor thereafter announced the award of the contract for Imogan, Ibilo-Ikiru road construction in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.
He disclosed that his administration would construct the Ibilo-Igarra-Auchi federal road which had been in deplorable condition for years, if re-elected into office.
The Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council, Dan Osi Orbih, berated those he described as dissident members-elect for parading themselves as lawmakers haven failed to present themselves for inauguration. He said the purported endorsement of Ize-Iyamu by the “absentee” members-elect as “shameful and unlawful”.
Orbih praised the governor for restoring sanity to the corridor of power in the state and for rescuing the State from oppressors.
On his part, the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the former Governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole.