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Edo assembly goes on 14-day recess for fumigation


Obazee steps down for Ize-Iyamu in guber race

Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Francis Okiye, yesterday announced that the lawmakers are going on a recess, as the House has been shut for 14 days to pave way for the fumigation of the complex.

He made the declaration shortly after the anniversary of the of end of the Seventh Assembly, saying the lawmakers made progress in transforming the state through several resolutions aimed at consolidating on Governor Godwin Obaseki’s giant strides.

He explained that Obaseki had not disclosed plans to join any other political party, stressing that he, however, had the right to identify with any party he deemed fit to protect his political career and interests.

A statement issued by Acting Director, Administration and Supplies, Stephen U. Guobadia on behalf of the Clerk of the House, quoted Okiye as saying that members of the Assembly were not running a joint ticket with Obaseki.

He said 63 resolutions were adopted during the period under review, adding that the House showed a keen sense of responsibility and concern in carrying out its duties.
“We made remarkable progress in transforming the state through legislative business. Today, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 is a memorable day in the annals of the House as it marks the end of the session.

“It was an exciting session against the backdrop of the several challenges and benefits to the House in particular and Edo State in general,” he said. He pointed out that the leadership of the House had directed all management staff members to remain at home for 14 days until after the fumigation exercise.

“I have been directed to inform all staff members of the Edo State House of Assembly that the leadership has instructed that all management staff remain at home for 14 days from Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

“This is as a result of the fumigation exercise to be carried out in the Assembly Complex at three different times. All management staff are, however, advised to leave their telephone lines open in case of further information,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, a former chairman of Oredo Council Area and All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant, Osaro Obazee, has stepped down from the race. Obazee, who was screened at the party’s National Secretariat last Wednesday, promised to support Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Following the disqualification of Governor Obaseki over discrepancies in his academic qualifications by the party’s screening committee, the only contender against Ize-Iyamu in the June 22, 2020 direct primary remained former Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu.


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