Godwin Obaseki, the executive governor of Edo state, has again pushed back against attempts by the national assembly to interfere in the affairs of the state.
Backstory: The Senate issued an order yesterday instructing the governor to make a fresh proclamation which will empower the Clerk of the state House of Assembly to conduct another inauguration ceremony for legislators who were left out of the initial controversial one.
The Senate also threatened it would not hesitate to take over the legislative functions of the 7th Edo state Assembly after the expiration of the ultimatum next Tuesday.
The House of Representatives made the same demand to issue a new proclamation on July 17. The governor is yet to heed that. And he doesn’t appear to have intentions of heeding the latest order by the senate.
- “Issuing ultimatum for issuance of fresh proclamation to the governor is provocative and portraying the Senate as hurriedly dabbling into a matter I feel it has no constitutional power over,” the governor said.
Proxy war: It is believed that the crisis with Edo state House of Assembly has its origins in the lingering feud between the former Edo governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Obaseki.
- Edo state lawmakers had broken up along factional lines with some supporting Obaseki and others supporting Oshiomhole. Inaugurating the Assembly without the purported Oshiomhole faction was seen as a definite call to arms.
- Both Obaseki and Oshiomhole were pictured together last Wednesday at the Presidential Policy Dialogue in the Presidential Villa in Abuja while the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Kayode Fayemi, joined them.
- Fayemi mentioned to journalists later that, “We are not quarrelling here.”
Bottomline: This battle does not seem like it would end anytime soon especially with the Edo governorship primary just around the governor. Obaseki would hardly accede to any demand that may jeopardize his chance of returning for another term.