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  • Updated: August 07, 2020

Edo Assembly: The Inauguration Of 14 APC Lawmakers Is An Illegal Assault On Democracy - Obaseki

Edo Assembly: The Inauguration Of 14 APC Lawmakers Is An Ill

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has described the swearing-in of 14 All Progressives Congress' (APC) lawmakers as an illegal assault on democracy.

Obaseki who spoke during a state broadcast on Friday said that the attempt to invade the assembly complex “had all the hallmarks of an attempted coup d’état.”

The Governor, who further vowed that his administration will do whatever it takes to defend the rule of law, accused his predecessor, of being “bent on throwing the state into crisis” ahead of the September 19 governorship election.

“Any person or group of persons set out to test our will in this regard will meet with the full wrath of the law.

“The people of Edo State rose as one to prevent the desecration of our democracy. It is however worrisome that certain persons are willing to plunge the society into avoidable anarchy and conflict just to satisfy their illegitimate objectives.

“This unfortunate situation has festered because a former governor of the state is bent on throwing the state into crisis ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections.”

Obaseki said the action of the lawmakers on Thursday is “tantamount to treason,” adding: “This government will take all steps necessary to defend the rule of law and democratic ideals,” the governor said.

It will be recalled that the assembly complex has been under police siege as the dispute between lawmakers loyal to the governor and those with the backing of Oshiomhole worsens.

Allnews earlier reported how some pro-Oshiomhole lawmakers whose seats had been declared vacant, were sworn in at an undisclosed location after which they elected a new speaker.

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