Home / news / You’re a coward’, Tinubu blasts Obaseki over political crisis in Edo
download (3)

You’re a coward’, Tinubu blasts Obaseki over political crisis in Edo

The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has labelled Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State a coward following his alleged refusal to allow the State House of Assembly function.

The former governor of Lagos State also accused Obaseki of resorting to strong-arm tactics of dictators, adding that the governor has committed an impeachable offence.

Tinubu, while reacting to the political crisis in Edo State said, the governor’s alleged refusal to inaugurate elected members of the State House of Assembly showed he is ignorant of Nigeria’s constitutional order.

Describing his actions as cowardly, Tinubu accused Obaseki of sponsoring hoodlums to deface and destroy the House of Assembly building under the pretext of renovation.

Governor Godwin Obaseki. [dailypost]Governor Godwin Obaseki. [dailypost]

He said, “The recent actions of the Governor of Edo State represent the gravest possible assault on constitutional democracy and the rule of law and escalation of violence and tension in the state he purports to govern.

“Not satisfied with making a mockery of our constitution by blocking the timely inauguration of two-thirds of the elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly, Governor Obaseki has now resorted to the strong-arm tactics of dictators.

“First, he sponsors hoodlums to deface, indeed destroy, parts of the House of Assembly Building in Benin, feigning the building is undergoing renovation. Then, he imports sand and gravels to prevent access to the assembly complex. In effect, the man has spent state funds to thwart the very apparatus of the state government he was sworn to uphold. He has squandered public money to defeat the very will of the public. This is tragic beyond words.

“As a pretext for his refusal to allow the Edo House of Assembly to function, Governor Obaseki’s actions are perverse. This is a cowardly act and a move to thwart representative democracy in Edo. No renovation has been planned for the state house building. No appropriation was made in the state’s budget. The only reason any renovation could be deemed necessary is the destruction wrought by his own goons.

“Governor Obaseki’s governance of Edo State recalls the worst excesses of our military past and represents a direct threat to the democratic order. By his refusal to permit duly elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly to perform their constitutional duties, Governor Obaseki betrayed contempt for the people of his state and, unfortunately, his ignorance of Nigeria’s constitutional order. As a Governor he ought to know better than to obstruct the functioning of his own legislature, but perhaps he is in need of a quick lesson.”

Tinubu further accused Obaseki of placing himself above the state’s legislature. He said if every governor behaves as he, “the entire edifice of democratic governance in Nigeria would grind to a complete halt.”

The current political crisis in Edo State took a new twist on Thursday, August 6, 2020, with the emergence of Victor Edoror as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

About GIR

Check Also

168889621

Presidential, local elections start in Iran at 07:00

According to official statistics, 59,310,307 Iranians can cast votes in the presidential election with over 1.3 …

China_Space_Station_66445

Chinese crewed spaceship docks with new space station

Chinese astronauts, from left, Tang Hongbo, Liu Boming, and Nie Haisheng wave as they prepare …

ca

U.S. bishops to discuss whether Biden, Catholic politicians should get Communion if they support abortion rights

Whether in Washington, D.C., Delaware, or overseas, one thing is consistent for President Biden—he always …

hong-kong-apple-daily

Hong Kong police raid Apple Daily pro-democracy newspaper as China’s crackdown continues

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police arrested the chief editor and four executives of pro-democracy newspaper …

i

Israel hits Gaza with airstrikes after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip late Thursday for a second time since a shaky cease-fire ended …

ib

Uneasy calm in Ibarapa land over Saturday attack on Igangan community

Uneasy calm, on Monday, pervaded the atmosphere in some parts of Igangan Community in Oyo …

re

House of Reps fumes, summons Lai Mohammed over Twitter ban

“The House of Representatives recognises that Twitter, like other social media networks, is an important …

ka

Kaduna University suspends undergraduate academic activities indefinitely

KASU Registrar, Mr Samuel Manshop, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna. Manshop, who did …

i

Nigeria’s top Army chief Attahiru dies in plane crash

Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff only four months ago. Nigeria’s Chief of Army …

6084adba3f0560001881be4d

Ex-cop facing murder charges in death of Rayshard Brooks wants back on the force

Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was fired the day after he fatally shot Rayshard …