Edo Assembly crisis not fueled by defection, says majority leader

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BENIN – Mr Philip Shaibu, Majority Leader, Edo of Assembly, says crisis in Assembly was fueled by defection of four All Progressives (APC) legislators.

Shaibu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Benin that what happened was contrary to the claims making the rounds.

“The crisis was rather fueled by the refusal of the four lawmakers defected to the Peoples’ Democratic (PDP) to obey a court order,’’ he said.

The legislator said the APC, whose members are in the majority in the , had problem with the defection of the four members to the PDP.

He said the four PDP lawmakers had before their defection approached the court with prayers that the assembly declare their seats vacant or suspend them.

“We (the ) obeyed the first prayer. But the court did grant them the second prayer, which was meant to stop us suspending them they defect.
“The House of Assembly has its rules and it allows for the suspension of erring members and members are disobedient to its rules.

“It was on this basis that the four erring members were suspended by the House.

“They (PDP lawmakers) refused to obey the court order suspending them and even disregarded the court order which forbids them the precinct of the assembly.

“We cannot be lawmakers and at the same time be law-breakers.

“If we (the legislature) can obey the court order, which forbids us declaring the seats of the defecting PDP legislators vacant, why did they fail to obey the court order which forbids them the precinct of the assembly?’’

A Benin High Court presided by Justice V.O. Eboreime had on June 16 restrained the suspended lawmakers from forcibly gaining entrance into the assembly premises and legislative quarters.

The lawmakers are Deputy Festus Ebea, Jude Ise-Idehen, Friday Ogieriakhi and Patrick Osayimwen.

The crisis led to the polarisation of the assembly with APC lawmakers having their plenary in the Benin , while the minority PDP legislators sit in the assembly complex. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]