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Obaseki is fighting democracy, says former reps deputy whip

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Former Deputy Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon Pally Iriase on Tuesday said the crisis rocking the Edo House Assembly is a manifestation of Godwin Obaseki’s alleged fight against democracy.

Iriase, a member of a think tank of the APC in 2015, Obaseki’s action clearly connotes a war against democracy in Edo State.

“After the election, people had the right to look forward to celebrating the swearing-in and the inauguration of the members of the Edo State Legislature in an orderly manner,” Iriase told journalists on Tuesday.

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“Indeed the constitution provides that the Governor will make a proclamation and this has to be to the knowledge of every member-elect and their people.

The proclamation as envisaged by the constitution did not contemplate manipulative twist for an undemocratic objective.

“But in Edo State under Obaseki, this simple, convivial but sacred event to inaugurate the people’s Assembly in Edo state was deliberately truncated, members-elect were being kidnapped and coerced to submit to swearing-in at 9 pm or thereabouts.

“This was to the chagrin of discerning people in the state. As I speak to you, only 10 out of 24 members are holding sway as “Edo House of Assembly”.

“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.

“The lawmakers from my area and several other areas had no say for me and several others on the budget that Obaseki will be basing his governance on, is that democracy,” he queried.

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