Wednesday, 9th September, 2020, the members of Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) faction denied approving the sum of N1.5billion loan for thegovernment of the State.
Speaking under matters of urgent public importance Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje, the Deputy Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly faction who represents Akoko-Edo II, consistituency in the House said; “this is matter of urgent public importance, bothers on the purported approval of loan by an illegal gathering of dissident members in the Government House, whoclaimed they have approved the sum of N1.5billion for Godwin Obaseki led Government of Edo State”.
Continuing, he said “we are awarethat the purpose of the loan is to fund their electoral interests. Edo State House of Assembly cannot afford to sell the future of our children by approving frivolous loans.”
Hon. Chris Okaeben, member representing Oredo West Consistituency started by saying, “ I am seriously embarrassed by the action of the present Government of Mr.Godwin Obaseki; and that is because he is from my consistituency.”
He apologised to the people of Edo State and all lovers of democracy for the erroneous, and thus far embarrassing activities of the present governor of Edo State. Okaeben berates the way and manner thegovernor of Edo State has muffled the legislative organ of Governmentin the State, and turns the premises of Edo State House of Assembly to Indian hemp smoking joint by hoodlums.
Ruling, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Victor Sabor Edoror, asked the Clerk to send clean copies of the sitting’s resolution, to the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Director General, Debt Management Office, as well as all anti graft agencies.
The Speaker warned the 7 dissident members sitting in Government House, in the name of a House of Assembly, to desist from doing so, he also announced the termination of the appointment of the suspended Clerk, Mr. Yaya Omogbai, who has been aiding the dissident members, and announced Mr. Samuel Efezokhale as the acting Clerk of the House.
The House was adjourned to Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020.