Uzodinma, APC planning to hijack Edo Assembly – Okiye

Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye, on Wednesday raised the alarm over what he called dubious plans by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and stakeholders of the APC in the state, to import a fake mace with a view to forcefully take over the Assembly.

He alleged that the plans were being perfected in collusion with the impeached Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye.

Okiye stated this in a statement he made available to journalists in Benin, the state capital.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidency to call Uzodinma and others working with him on the plans to desist and allow the laws of the state to guide them.

“The state’s polity is already heated by the high political tension from the electioneering campaigns. Their planned action is akin to lighting a match in an already tensed political environment, which conflagration is capable of causing crisis in the state, and of a scale beyond our imagination.

“We call on Edo people whose mandate and interests the state’s legislature holds and protects, to rise against this planned attack and plot to subvert their will and subjugate them, using external forces.

“We urge lovers of democracy across the world, institutions that uphold democratic tenets and values, pro-democracy groups, to denounce this planned illegality that seeks to distract a duly constituted authority.

“We recognise the constitutional right of the three members of the House of Assembly to support the candidate of their choice, but that should not distract them from coming to work to carry out the job they were elected for,” he said.

Okiye said he and his colleagues remained committed to the protection of the democratic rights of Edo people, noting that legislature remained a sacred institution in the democratisation process.

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