By Toby Prince
A lawmaker-elect in Edo State, Washington Osifo, has described the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, as “arrogant” for “bringing back gangsterism” into the state politics.
Mr Osifo, who represents Uhunmwode State Constituency, is believed to loyal to All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
He was among the 15 lawmakers-elect who were excluded from the ‘inauguration’ of the state assembly.
“I have told people, this is not the governor I used to know,” Mr Osifo said.
“The governor I used to know when he came (into power) was against any form of gangsterism.
“But because he is now gunning for a second term, all those things he came out to condemn, he is now the one welcoming them – arrogance, gangsterism – he has brought them back into the system,” the lawmaker-elect said.
Mr Osifo said after the controversial ‘inauguration’ of the state assembly, the governor’s security aide led thugs to molest lawmakers-elect who were holding a press conference.
“The next day, we held a press conference in Benin City to condemn and reject what was done, and demand that the right thing be done. While we were there, they sent armed thugs, led by governor Obaseki’s CSO from the government house to embarrass and molest lawmakers-elect,” he said.
He said the governor has the right to support his choice for speaker, but that he did not have the right to collaborate with the clerk of the house to exclude him and others from being inaugurated.
“Having been voted for by my people, it is my right to be there – in the assembly,” he said.
The lawmaker-elect accused the governor of not doing much to bring development to Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state, in the past three years of his administration.
Mr Osifo vowed to remain steadfast in protecting the interest of his people.
“For me, I will use these four years to work for my people and demand that my locality and people be developed.
“That is what the governor owes us, it is non-negotiable. That is why we voted for him, and he must do it. I am sure he will do it, and I will continue to ask for it. If that is what is offending them, it is just the beginning, they will hear more.”