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What Tinubu said about Gov Obaseki before visit to Edo State to flag off Ize-Iyamu's campaign

L-R: Tinubu, Obaseki, Oshiomhole

National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has knocked Gov. Godwin Obaseki for being behind the political crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly (EDSHA). 

In a statement released on Friday August 7, a day before his proposed visit to Edo State to flag off the campaign of APC's flagbearer Pst Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Tinubu accused Gov. Obaseki of  ''making a mockery of Nigeria’s constitution by blocking the timely inauguration of two-thirds of the elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly, and now resorting to the arm-twisting tactics of dictators,'' adding that Obaseki's woeful leadership in the state will come to an end soon.

Below is the full text of Tinubu's statement titled 'In Defence of Constitutional Democracy' as obtained by OGBONGE NEWS:

"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.

"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.

"Indeed, it is no coincidence that of the three arms of government, the powers of the legislature are enumerated first, in our Constitution.The legislature is the authority imbued with the power to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the federation and states

"Indeed, the Constitution makes clear that a Governor’s role primarily extends to the maintenance and implementation of the laws set down for him by his state’s legislature.

"Although Governor Obaseki’s conduct in the past year is undoubtedly impeachable, these legislators have made no threat to impeach the Governor. Their only desire is to peacefully perform the duties asked of them by the constituents who elected them.

"The rule of law and preservation of democracy is too important to sacrifice at the altar of any one man’s ambition. Governor Obaseki’s woeful leadership of Edo State will hopefully be brought to an end soon by the very people whose rights he has so carelessly trampled upon.

"One can only hope that the damage he is doing to the most important of the state’s democratic institutions can just as easily be repaired.''

Recall that 12 EDSHA member-elect of Edo State house of Assembly were on Thursday inauguarated after more than a year of being elected representatives of their different constituencies.

OGBONGE NEWS gathered that the members were inauguarated on the special intervention of the Attorney General of the Federeation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, following petition by defendant of the enstranged members-elect of EDSHA, West Idahosa chambers.

READ ALSO: Full text of request by Malami to IG of Police to provide adequate security for inauguration of Edo lawmakers

The enstranged lawmakers had to flee Benin City to escape from Obaseki's draconian rule which ended in the inauguaration of 10 members of EDSHA out of 24 with Frank Okiye emerging speaker of Obaseki's 10-man state house of assembly.

On inauguaration of the 12 others on Thursday, Hon. Frank Okiye and his deputy was impeached and Hon Victor Edoror (Esan Centaral) was voted in as the new speaker of Edo State house of aseembly.


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