BENIN – Henry Idahagbon, former Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice said the crisis rocking the party cannot be resolved without the proper inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.
Idahagbon made the declaration while reacting to statements credited to Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, that the crisis is the handwork of third parties and people for selfish interest.
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Idahagbon, who is the co-convener of Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), a political pressure group within the party, said issuing a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the state House of Assembly is a recipe for true reconciliation and settlement.
He said a fresh proclamation letter is a fundamental issue that cannot be wished away.
“I didn’t hear Oshiomhole saying so. The statement must have been subscribed to him by the press.
“Be that as it may, from the beginning we always realised that this is a family squabble and siblings quarrelling. And, we always know that someday there will be settlement for it, and I think the settlement process has started and as responsible children of the same family, we are prepared to give the settlement move a chance to succeed.
“For a true settlement the proper proclamation of the House is a fundamental issue that has to be resolved. The proclamation letter will be issued and the lawmakers will be properly sworn-in, and they will be allowed to run themselves as the third arm of government.
“That is one of the fundamental issues and it has not been properly done”, he said.
Idahagbon, who prayed for a successful resolution of the crisis, noted that the settlement will enable members of the party to once again come together as one family and work for its success in the next election.
On the reelection of the governor for a second term, he said that is an issue reserved for another day, pointing out that “when we get to the bridge of second term we will cross it.”
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