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Drama as Edo Assembly reportedly inaugurates only members loyal to Obaseki

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By Toby Prince

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, yesterday,  took a new dimension as the state of House of Assembly inaugurated only nine members loyal to the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.

Fifteen members loyal to the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole were absent at the sitting of the 7th Assembly.

The members present were  Hon. Nosa Okunbor; Hon. Henry Okuarobo; Hon. Uyi Ekhosuehi; Hon. Marcus Onobun; Hon. Ephraim Anehbosele; Hon. Roland Asoro; Hon. Eric Okaka; Hon Frank Okiye and Hon Yekini Idiaye.

The members-elect unanimously elected Frank Okiye representing Esan North East Constituency 1 Speaker and Mr Yekini Idiaye representing Akoko Edo Constituency 1 his deputy.

The other members were sworn in by the newly elected presiding members.

Okiye urged the other members-elect absent at the inauguration to speedily complete their assets declaration forms so that they can be sworn in.

He said, “It is with the deepest sense of humility that I receive this call to serve the people and I assure that I will do all in my power to serve their best interest at all times. I congratulate my colleagues and fellow members who are today inaugurated and urge other members-elect who are yet to meet up with the requirements for the inauguration to do so without delay so they can join this honourable house in the discharge of its responsibilities.”

The House quickly adjourned till July 17, 2019, following a motion raised by the speaker to enable the Assembly to allocate office accommodation and logistics that will assist the new members to settle down and commence their legislative duties.

Roland Asoro representing Orhionwon South Constituency was appointed to chair the committee that will oversee the allocation of accommodation and logistics.

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