‘Impeachment of Edo Speaker, prelude to removal of Deputy Governor’

The Edo For Good Governance group has alleged that the impeachment of speaker and the deputy speaker of the Edo House of Assembly is the precursor of the ‘removal’ of Deputy Governor Pius Odubu.

Consequently, the group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a leash on Governor Adams Oshiomhole before he plunges the state into ‘avoidable bloodshed’.

A statement released on Tuesday by John Ogbeide, said “the so-called impeachment of Edo speaker and deputy as a continuation of the plot to eliminate Deputy Governor Pius Odubu, who has indicated interest in the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

“It is an open-secret that all attempts to make Dr Odubu give up his resolve to vie for the ticket have failed.”

“It is quite pathetic that a few days after the deputy governor narrowly escaped being assassinated in Auchi – an attack in which his DSS bodyguard and police escort commander sustained serious gun wounds – these anti-democratic forces have now shifted their weapons to the Edo House of Assembly.”

“In utter contempt of the cultural sensibilities of Bini nation and indeed entire Edo people who are still mourning the death of our great king, Oba Erediuauwa, this is coming less than two weeks after the House of Assembly, in exercise of its independence, also disagreed with the governor over the dissolution of councils.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, EGG wishes to put the national leadership of APC on notice as well as alert our democracy-loving President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Adams Oshiomhole to order to allow democracy and one-man-one-vote prevail in Edo as the party prepares for the primaries in the next four weeks.”

“Dr. Odubu is not asking for any special favour, but only a level-playing field, to allow our party members freely choose who to carry the party flag in the September 10 election. We will resist neo-godfatherism, imposition or rigging of any sort.”

“Is it not ironic that the man who openly boasted in July 2012 when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was still president that he did not need then General Muhammadu Buhari to win his second term election on July 14, 2012 is now afraid of free and fair primaries in Edo State?

“Again, we call on President Buhari to call the Edo governor to order today before he plunges our state into avoidable bloodshed.”

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