Tinubu Accuses Obaseki Of Committing Impeachable Offences, Likens Him To A Dictator

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Bola Tinubu

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has accused governor Godwin Obaseki of working against the people of Edo state by resorting to what he described as a strong arm tactics of dictators.

Tinubu made this known while reacting to the crisis currently rocking the Edo state house of assembly.

He accused Obaseki of denying elected members of the house of assembly from being inaugurated for over a year, alleging that Obaseki mobilised thugs to frustrate their inauguration.

“Not satisfied with making a mockery of our constitution by blocking the timely inauguration of two-thirds of the elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly, Governor Obaseki has now resorted to the strong-arm tactics of dictators.

“First, he sponsors hoodlums to deface, indeed destroy, parts of the House of Assembly Building in Benin, feigning the building is undergoing renovation. Then, he imports sand and gravels to prevent access to the assembly complex. In effect, the man has spent state funds to thwart the very apparatus of the state government he was sworn to uphold. He has squandered public money to defeat the very will of the public. This is tragic beyond words.

“As a pretext for his refusal to allow the Edo House of Assembly to function, Governor Obaseki’s actions are perverse. This is a cowardly act and a move to thwart representative democracy in Edo. No renovation has been planned for the state house building. No appropriation was made in the state’s budget. The only reason any renovation could be deemed necessary is the destruction wrought by his own goons.

“Governor Obaseki’s governance of Edo State recalls the worst excesses of our military past and represents a direct threat to the democratic order. By his refusal to permit duly elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly to perform their constitutional duties, Governor Obaseki betrayed contempt for the people of his state and, unfortunately, his ignorance of Nigeria’s constitutional order. As a Governor he ought to know better than to obstruct the functioning of his own legislature, but perhaps he is in need of a quick lesson.”

The former governor of Lagos state stated that Obaseki is escalating violence and increasing tension in the state ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election.

“The recent actions of the Governor of Edo State represent the gravest possible assault on constitutional democracy and the rule of law and escalation of violence and tension in the state he purports to govern.

“If every governor behaves as he, obstructing the performance of any legislator who does not pledge to him their undying fealty, the entire edifice of democratic governance in Nigeria would grind to a complete halt.” he said.

On Thursday, the crisis rocking the Edo state house of assembly took a new twist following the emergence of Victor Edoror as speaker.

Edoror, who was impeached as deputy speaker in 2018, was elected speaker by 17 lawmakers loyal to Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of the state.

The 17 lawmakers had earlier removed Francis Okiye as the speaker of the house after meeting at an undisclosed location in Benin, the state capital.

Among the 17 lawmakers were 14 who were not sworn in since they were elected in 2019.

Their seats had been declared vacant amid the power tussle between the members of the assembly loyal to Oshiomhole and those who have the backing of Obaseki.

Obaseki, who has been enjoying the support of the members of the state house of assembly with his loyalists in charge started losing support of some of the lawmakers in his camp when the deputy speaker, Yekini Idiaye, and three other lawmakers endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The removal of Idiaye as the deputy speaker fueled the pro-Oshiomhole lawmakers to intensify their move for their inauguration

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