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Court orders Obaseki not to issue fresh proclamation to Assembly

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

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The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki from issuing a fresh proclamation letter, as directed by the Senate.

The court also restrained the Clerk of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, their servants, agents, officers or privies from interfering or taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.

The court further granted an order restraining the Inspector General of Police and the State Security Service, their servants, agents, officers or privies from sealing up the state House of Assembly, or obstructing the Assembly’s activities.

According to the court, the orders followed requests sought by the Deputy Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye, and the member representing Ikpoba-Okha Constituency in Edo Assembly, Hon. Henry Okhuarobo, who are the plaintiffs/applicants.

The order paper was dated August 2, 2019.

The plaintiffs, Hon. Yekini Idiaye and Hon. Henry Okhuarobo had prayed the court in Suit Number FHC/PH/CS/159/2019, to restrain the Clerk of the National Assembly; the President of the Senate; the speaker of the House of Representatives; Inspector General of Police and the State Security Service; (all defendants) from taking over the duties of the Edo House of Assembly.

Recall that a High Court in Benin City, last month, gave a restraining order to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police in Edo State and Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC Publicity Secretary, from interfering, disrupting or obstructing the constitutional duties of Edo House of Assembly members.

Justice M. Umar gave the order, following a motion ex-parte, filed by Alhaji Yayaha Audu Omogbai, Clerk of the Assembly and the Edo State House of Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bendel and Bishop of the Diocese of Esan, Anglican Communion His Grace, The Most Revd. Friday Imaekhai, yesterday, advised parties in the dispute over inauguration of Edo State House of Assembly members to allow status quo be maintained, while the court handles the matter.

Imaekhai, who was speaking in the wake of the National Assembly’s (NASS) ultimatum to Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to issue fresh proclamation letter, however, canvassed for a political solution to resolving the impasse, so that the state could move forward peacefully.

He also called on the leadership of Edo State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), traditional rulers and well-meaning individuals to intervene to prevent Edo State from being turned into a battlefield.

He pleaded with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Obaseki to resolve their political differences, and ensure smooth administration of the state House of Assembly and government.


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