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Obaseki says can’t directly intervene in Edo assembly dispute

The removal of 14 MPs has put the state assembly in some disorder.

• October 6, 2020
Edo governor Godwin Obaseki
Edo governor Godwin Obaseki [Photo credit: Premium Times]

Edo governor Godwin Obaseki has said he has no power to reinstate the state’s MPs whose seats were declared vacant by the speaker of the state House of Assembly.

The governor said this to journalists on Monday during his visit to PDP national leaders in Abuja.

He said, “Even if I wanted today to bring [the MPs] back, I don’t have such powers, I do not have anything against them because I do not have such authority to bring them back to the house,”

In December 2019, the Edo speaker declared 12 seats vacant because the MPs were often absent.

The speaker said MPs for Oredo East and Owan East, for example, failed to meet a requirement about how many days in a year a state MP should attend plenary.

“For more than 180 days they did not come. They refused to represent the people.” Mr. Obaseki said, “Those seats became vacant; that’s what the constitution says.”

PDP Edo state chair Tony Azegbiemi said his party will formally write INEC to conduct by-elections for the vacant seats.

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