Edo APC crisis: Hon. Samson Osagie says suspension of lawmaker – elect cannot stand
Abavo Kingsley, Benin
Suspension of the State House of Assembly member – elect representing Uhunmwode Local Government Constituency, Barr. Washington Osa Osifo cannot stand as it falls short of the All Progressives Party’s laid down constitutional procedures.
Former Minority Whip, House of representatives and member of the party, Hon. Samson Osagie stated this after members rose from an enlarged meeting on Sunday.
According to him, the purported suspension was orchestrated by some individuals who did not go through the proper procedures.
“Some few members including the council chairman purportedly suspended the Hon. member elect attaching the signature of some people who attended one meeting. So for us, we want to reject it and he cannot be suspended. How can you suspend somebody who has not be inaugurated. Whatever method they applied is against the constitution of the party”.
“He is not suspended and we are rejecting any attempt from corner to do so”.
Osagie spoke on behalf of members after the emergency meeting attended by over 50 persons including some leaders of the party in Eyaen community.
He urged the State Executive and National Working Committee of the Party respectively, to call masterminds of the purported suspension to order describing their activities as inimical to the unity of the APC in Uhunmwode.
Another member of the party, Bright Egharevba Bright, said he is urgently calling on security agencies to arrest those behind illegal suspension of the member elect as their action was null and void.
A section of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the locality had last week announced the suspension of the honorable member elect, Barr. Washington Osifo for alleged breach of article 21 (A) of the party’s constitution.
Osifo had been the spokesman of the 19 law makers elect but now reduced to 13 who were not part of the midnight Edo State House of Assembly inauguration recently.
They were shut out because the Governor Godwin Obaseki supporters fear that they would act the script of Adams Oshiomhole in the struggle for the emergence of the House leadership, unconfirmed sources said.
It is all manifestation of the battle between Obaseki and his predecessor, Oshiomhole towards who picks the governorship of the APC in 2020, it was speculated.