Edo Assembly crisis: Obaseki rejects ‘presidential’ pleas to issue fresh proclamation
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that he would not issue a fresh proclamation letter for the inauguration of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly.
Obaseki stated that the Nigerian Constitution 1999 as amended, mandated state governors to issue proclamation only once for the inauguration of their Houses of Assembly and he has dutifully performed the function.
Obaseki was reacting to publication in one of the National dailies that President Buhari directed him to issue fresh proclamation.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, Governor Obaseki described the story as false.
He noted that the publication was one of the many efforts by agents and hirelings sponsored by entrenched interests in the state whose stranglehold on the state’s resources has been displaced.
According to the statement, “We wish to state categorically that the story is false as there is no Presidential directive to the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari that we know is a law-abiding leader who will not issue directives that contradict the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.
“The publication is one of the many efforts by agents and hirelings sponsored by entrenched interests in the state whose stranglehold on the state’s resources has been displaced by the people-centric governance model of the Obaseki-led administration.
“We urge the public and all concerned to disregard the publication.”