Edo Assembly Crisis: Police Lock Out PDP Lawmakers


Lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party including Deputy speaker, Festus Ebea, who resumed plenary yesterday were not allowed into the hallowed chamber.

The Deputy Speaker, a member of the All Progressive Congress and three others-Friday Ogieriakhi (Orhionmwon South) Jude Ise-Idehen(Ikpoba-Okha) and Patrick Osayimen (Oredo East) were suspended on June 9 for alleged misconduct.

Crisis in the assembly entered its fourth week yesterday.

Last week, Speaker Uyi Igbe adjourned sitting till Wednesday July 2 while the PDP led by Ebea adjourned till yesterday.

The PDP lawmakers resumed duty and stayed outside the gate for about four hours before leaving.

Workers of the assembly were also not allowed in as all the offices were locked up.

Edo State Police Command on Sunday advised the warring lawmakers not to sit separately in the hallowed chamber.

Security was beefed up around the assembly premises.

Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo who was at the assembly expressed fears that the crisis might escalate.

Adebanjo urged stakeholders in the state to urgently wade into the crisis rocking the assembly before it gets out of hands.

He warned those fueling the crisis to toe the path of peace in the interest of the state.

“I want to urge all stakeholders to intervene before this crisis claims loves. We should not allow the situation escalate.”

The suspended Deputy Speaker in a press briefing said they would not disobey any order from a competent court.

He said bullet proof doors have been placed on doors leading to the hallowed chamber and their offices.

According to him, “We have been here to resume for work. The police had told us they cannot open the chamber for just one group to do their legislative business. We adjourned till today and we found that the chamber has been a seriously armored.”

“There are bulletproof doors. We do not know why they have restored to putting bulletproof doors on all the doors. We appreciated the market women and the youths for not listening to the governor to come out and enforce court orders.”

“Because we cannot gain entrance into the chambers and my office has been shut down likewise my other colleagues. The offices we are adjourning to the first of. They are always planning on how to bring the state to anarchy. Monday 7th of July while we seek other avenues to resolving the crisis amicably.