On Thursday, the Senate ad hoc committee investigating the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly met with lawmakers supported by the All Progressives Congress ‘ national leadership.
12 of the 14 members-elected loyal to APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, were present at the meeting held at the Senate New Building, National Assembly Complex in Abuja.
It will be recalled that, under controversial circumstances, 10 out of the 24-member Assembly were inaugurated on June 17, 2019.
The inaugurated lawmakers were said to be loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki, while the 14 lawmakers-elect that were left out of the inauguration ceremony have the backing of APC chairman Oshiomhole.
Speaking at the meeting on behalf of the aggrieved members-elected, Washington Osifo, member-elect representative of the Uhunwonde State Constituency, said they had received no communication from the Clerk on the inauguration.
While accusing the governor of “unleashing terror” on them using state apparatus, Osifo claimed that one of the lawmakers-elect has been kidnapped.
The new lawmakers have been residing in Abuja for about a month now, according to Osifo, even as he called on the Senate to intervene in the matter.
Seidu Oshiomhole, the younger brother to the National Chairman of the APC, was among the members-elected at the meeting.
Committee Chairman and Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger), called for calm, ensuring that the upper legislative chamber is only interested in restoring the state assembly’s public peace and order.