OSHIOMHOLE-OBASEKI RIFT TEARING EDO LAWMAKERS-ELECT APART

·  The lawmakers-elect see Okiye as having the backing of Governor Obaseki while the two others have the backing of Oshiomhole

·   A meeting between the state leadership of the APC and the lawmakers-elect ended in deadlock

·        The lawmakers-elect insist on not abiding by the decision of the party.

The rift between National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki appeared to have deepened as lawmakers-elect of Edo State House of Assembly rejected nomination for leadership of the House by the State Executive Committee of the APC.

Three lawmakers-elect from Edo Central senatorial district are in the race for the position of the Speaker of Edo State.

They are Frank Okiye (Esan North East 1); Emmanuel Okoduwa (Esan North East 11) and Victor Edoror (Esan Central).

Gov Godwin Obaseki (left0and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,immediate past governor of the state and National Chairman of APC.
Issuesplus Daily learnt that a meeting between the state leadership of the APC and the lawmakers-elect ended in deadlock as the lawmakers-elect insisted on not abiding by the decision of the party.

Sources said the Edo APC stuck to Hon Frank Okiye as the Speaker but the lawmakers-elect rejected the proposal on ground that they should be given the independence to choose their leaders during plenary.

The source said the lawmakers-elect argued that they would not allow Governor Obaseki pick their leaders for them.


Another source said what the lawmakers-elect demanded was just proclamation letter from the Governor.

It was gathered that the lawmakers-elect see Okiye as having the backing of Governor Obaseki while the two others have the backing of Oshiomhole.

A chieftain of the party who pleaded anonymity said the lawmakers-elect were asked to go and choose their leaders based on zoning arrangement of the party.

According to the source, the Speakership seat was zoned to Edo Central, Deputy Speaker’s and Deputy Whip seat were zoned to Owan Federal Constituency while the Chief Whip seat was zoned to Edo South.


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