Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki says the government is ready to take necessary steps to defend the rule of law, as he addressed the people on what he called the unfortunate events relating to the state house of assembly.
Speaker of the state Assembly, Frank Okiye, was impeached this week by 17 of 24 lawmakers, after which the police and other security agencies reportedly took over the assembly complex.
Obaseki in the address said the issue in the assembly dates back to June 17, 2019, when upon proclamation of the 7th Edo state House of Assembly, some members-elect refused to present themselves for the inauguration.
The Governor recalled that a federal high court sitting in Port -Harcourt Rivers State, in judgement about two months later decided that his proclamation of the House of Assembly was lawful and the National Assembly could not take over the functions of the Edo state house of Assembly, as the conditions for doing so did not exist.
He says the government cannot allow the crisis to continue.