The Edo State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has refuted claims that the impeachment of the former Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, was conducted in his house.
Ize-Iyamu also accused the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, of executing a coup against the State House of Assembly by allegedly initiating schemes to prevent the legislature to perform its constitutional duties.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after he was received and endorsed by President Buhari, at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, Ize-Iyamu expressed appreciation to the leadership of the party, especially to the President whom he said gave him a reception beyond his expectation.
According to him, “On the question of the House of Assembly, let me quickly debunk what you said, nothing was done in my sitting room. So that statement is false and there is no truth in it.
“Number two, it is not I or the APC that is condoning illegality, I think it is Obaseki that has been condoning illegality. Because, for over a year, he was running a house that was not properly constituted. I’m sure all of you know that whereas we had 24 members in the house, just because he wasn’t sure he could have his way, he invited those nine members and inaugurated them at 9:49pm at night.
“One day, the purported speaker woke up and said he had declared their seats vacant, but even they themselves never believed it. I will tell you that a week before the governor left the party, he held a meeting with the 14 people that he said are no longer members of the House, inviting them as members elect and asking for a truce so that they can come back.
“So, the reality is that, we all know that declaring their seats vacant was not valid. And for your information, it is not the venue that legitimizes parliamentary sessions, the members and the symbol of authority, the maze, once it is in place, they can sit anywhere, they can deliberate and there are many examples to that effect.
“So, what you saw yesterday is that the governor left the executive arm and invaded the legislative arm and took control. There is clear separation of powers. You have three governors here and, in their state, the House of Assembly is autonomous. You don’t see the governors going there to operate. But the governor of Edo and deputy, took over the Assembly and vandalized the place, they said they are renovating it.
“Ask them, the budget that they passed including the revised one, is there a provision for the renovation of the House of Assembly? There is none. So, if there is no such provision, how can you begin to remove the roof during raining season if not because you have sinister motives.
“So that will tell you that, all what they were trying to do was to truncate legislative arm and stop them from sitting. So, if anyone was doing a coup, they were the ones doing a coup against the legislative arm of government yesterday. And we are happy that our people have risen to it”, he explained.