7th Edo Assembly: PDP Drags Obaseki to Court over Failure to Issue Proclamation Letter 




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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed it’s legal team to file a motion in court over Governor Godwin Obaseki’s reluctance to transmit a proclamation letter for the inauguration of the 7th Assembly.

This is contained in a press statement by the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Chris Nehikhare.

He said the Party’s chairman in  the state,  Chief Dan Orbih, has directed its legal team to proceed to court and seek an order of mandamus on Gov Godwin Obaseki to proclaim the 24-APC member House of Assembly as enunciated in Section 105 (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

It noted that as a responsible political party cannot gloss over the obvious drift to tyranny and impending catastrophe been orchestrated by the governor and his party.

“We, as a responsible political party, cannot ignore the obvious drift to tyranny and impending catastrophe been orchestrated by the governor and his party”, the party said.

Nehikhare revealed that “the PDP’s course of action has become imperative, following alleged refusal by Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a letter of Proclamation for the inauguration of the 7th State House of Assembly and pave the way for APC members-elect to convene for their legislative duty.

“We as a responsible political party cannot ignore the obvious drift to tyranny and impending catastrophe been orchestrated by the governor and his party”, the party said.

Recall that 19 elected APC members had on Monday afternoon, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Oba of Benin to intervene in the imbroglio,  two weeks after the 6th Assembly adjourned sitting sine-die.

But Edo State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paul Ohonbamu, said Obaseki has not violated any law over the delayed inauguration.

He revealed that the APC was only concerned about how to have a rancour free 7th Assembly, unlike the 6th Assembly which had four Speakers in four years.

“So, the party held a meeting  with the 24 members of the Assembly and agreed on the leadership to reduce tension and cacophony of voices.

“The situation has not reached that level where there will be tension. We do not want a repeat of what happened in the past.

“The governor and the party are preparing to resolve the leadership crises in the 7th Assembly”, he said.

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