Former Deputy Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon Pally Iriase on Tuesday said the crisis rocking the Edo House Assembly points to the fact that the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is fighting democracy.
“But in Edo State under Obaseki, this simple, convivial but sacred event to inaugurate the peoples Assembly in Edo state was deliberately truncated, members-elect were being kidnapped and coerced to submit to swearing-in at 9pm or thereabouts.
“As I speak to you, only 10 out of 24 members are holding sway as “Edo House of Assembly”. What a deliberate affront on democracy?
“What kind of conspiracy theory will make a sitting governor to be so paranoid as to say he will truncate democracy in his domain by not allowing a full arm of government to take root?
“As I speak with you, people are oblivious of the fact that ten members are holding sway in Edo state house of assembly as against twenty-four, does it make any sense?
“And you want the Edo people to believe that your brazen attack on democracy is as a result of your contrived fight with your benefactor – Adam’s Oshiomhole?
I call on people of goodwill in this country to ponder what violence democracy is being subjected to in Edo state and speak up now, if we believe that democratic government is preferable to autocracy. A war is ongoing against democracy and democratic tenets in Edo State and could snowball.
“I want to know what Oshiomole has done in this.”