By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The takeover of the State House of Assembly Complex has been described as an attempted coup d’état by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
According to the governor, who spoke via a statewide broadcast on Friday, the incident was tantamount to treason and contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, assuring that his administration would take all steps necessary to defend the rule of law and democratic ideals.
The governor lamented that the disturbing situation in the state was the handiwork of certain persons who “are willing to plunge the society into avoidable anarchy and conflict just to satisfy their illegitimate objectives.”
While ascribing the legislative crisis in the state to the events of June 17, 2019, when some members-elect refused to present themselves for inauguration, upon his proclamation of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly, the governor said that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State had in a judgment delivered on September 12, 2019, held that his proclamation of the House of Assembly was lawful and also that the National Assembly could not take over the function of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The governor, while accusing a former governor of the state of being behind the crisis in the legislative arm of government, lauded the determination of the citizens of the state who had stood up to the evil designs of those who were bent on fomenting trouble in the state.