Tension As Reps Ad Hoc Committee Visits Edo


By Adesina Wahab

The visit of the Ad Hoc Committee set up by the House of Representatives to look into the political crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress-led administration in Edo State may be marred by violence going by preparations by the parties concerned.

Our correspondent gathered that the Governor Godwin Obaseki group and APC caucus loyal to the National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, are seriously mobilising their members to protest and counter protest during the visit.

Those opposed to Obaseki, including APC leaders such as Henry Idahagbon, Eriyo Osakpamwan are poised to get the governor removed from office at all cost.

Osakpamwan on Wednesday, warned the governor against mobilising innocent Edo youths to rally in his support, just as he and his group are also mobilising.

It was further gathered that Oshiomhole is using his contacts in Abuja and the national leadership of the party to find means of nailing the governor.

The 15 lawmakers from the Edo State House of Assembly that have been in Abuja for some time now, may form the bulk of legislators that would be used for the planned impeachment.

Obaseki, who also promised to probe some financial transactions done by Oshiomhole while in office as governor, appeared to be ready for any showdown.

Edo APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua, seemed torn between the warring parties, as efforts to broker peace appear futile.

Recall that it took Obaseki quite some time before inaugurating the new set of lawmakers because of the need to get his men to lead the House.

After signing the declaration for the inauguration of the Assembly, only nine out of the 26 lawmakers were present when Hon. Frank Okiye, from Esan North East was elected the Speaker.

Since then, peace has eluded the Assembly, as other lawmakers have been crying foul over the manner the Speaker was elected.