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Why I can’t inaugurate 14 Edo lawmakers – Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obsaeki of Edo state has stated that he lacks the power to inaugurate the 14 Edo All Progressive Congress lawmakers in the state.

Obaseki said they refused to be inaugurated and as such, were on their own.

He accused them of listening to a godfather who gave them false promises of what was constitutionally impossible.

However, the governor expressed sadness at the event and wished it didn’t happen.

Obaseki was quoted as saying this when he visited the National Headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on a thank-you visit on Monday.

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.

“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.”

He said the inauguration was not about him.

“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.

“I do not have anything against them because I do not have such authority to bring them back to the house,” he added.

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