Edo Assembly Crises: Senate Promises Fair Hearing
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Senate has assured that justice will be served in the ongoing crisis currently rocking the Edo State House of Assembly. The Senate Adhoc Committee investigating the matter made the promise on Thursday when it received 12 of the 14 aggrieved members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly in Abuja.
Chairman of the Committee, Abdullahi Sabi, noted that the senate will hear from all the actors in the crisis and find constitutional ways to restore sanity so the state assembly can function and deliver dividends of democracy to electorates.
“We have just concluded the second leg of our interactions with all the actors in this crises, and because we have not synthesized what we have had, we have to sit down again as a committee, put all the facts side by side”, said Abdullahi.
While maintaining that the committe is trying to sift through the facts to know what exactly happened, Abdullahi stressed that making further comments would amount to “pre-empting” the possible outcome of the committee’s work.
Speaking earlier, member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Washington Osifo, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of orchestrating the crisis.
“The only thing that was holding us back was that the proclamation was not issued”.
“Having met with the Governor privately three times before we came out, he told us that he would do it when it is convenient, that was the response he gave to us in the last meeting”.
Adding that the sitation became “not healthy enough” , Osifo categorically stated, “we saw a Governor that was not ready to work”.
According to him, the 24 members making up the 24 constituencies of the Edo State Assembly became agitated following the state’s inabiltity to carry out the “process of doing legislative business” as was the case with other states in the federation.
The Senate Adhoc Committee said it will meet with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, who has also been alleged to be one of those behind the crisis.