Pro-Obaseki lawmakers accuse Oshiomhole of being behind plot to shut Edo assembly

Lawmakers loyal to Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, have accused Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), of being behind the plot to seal up the assembly.

The house of representatives had asked the inspector-general of police to seal up the Edo parliament, pending the time the crisis among the state lawmakers is resolved.

Disagreement between and Obaseki and Oshiomhole had split the state legislators into two factions.

On June 17, nine lawmakers loyal to Obseki elected principal officers and took the oath of office secretly. 15 loyalists of Oshiomhole had described the action of their colleagues as unacceptable, vowing to do all within their power to revoke it.

The lower legislative chamber of the national assembly had raised a 13-man panel to look into the crisis.

On Wednesday, the panel submitted its report. It recommended that a fresh inauguration should be conducted and that the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police should ensure peace.

Reacting in a statement, Frank Okiye, who was elected speaker, accused the committee of acting in favour of Oshiomhole.

He added that security forces could not seal up the assembly because of a court order refraining the police from interfering in the affairs of the lawmakers.

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