*Says, Lawmakers Were Listening To Their Godfather…
Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has declared that he doesn’t have the authority or power to inaugurate 14 state members of the Edo State House of Assembly lawmakers that are still yet to be inaugurated.
A statement released by the Governor’s Office noted explained that Governor Obaseki who made the revelation during an interview with newsmen in Abuja said it was inappropriate and illogical for him to seek to perform the role of inaugurating the 14 members because it would amount to a breach of the Law and public service protocols.
The governor who spoke when he paid a thank-you visit to the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja insisted that it is the 14 lawmakers that “refused to be inaugurated”.
He said, “They were listening to their godfather who kept hoping and promising that he would unconstitutionally get the state House of Assembly to reissue a proclamation even after the court had settled the matter.
“For more than 180 days they did not come. They refused to represent the people. Those seats became vacant; that’s what the constitution says.”
The governor further added: “They went to court after the seats were declared vacant by the Speaker. There is nothing I can do to that at this time.
“I wish it did not happen but people were playing God and promising what is not constitutionally possible.
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“It is not about me. I am an elected governor of Edo. I am not one that planted people into the house of Assembly. They, on their own, operated the rules the way it should be, the seats are now vacant.
“We should learn that democracy is underpinned by the constitution and the law. Even if I wanted today to bring them back, I don’t have such powers.”