The Speaker Edo State House of Assembly is Sleeping on the lap of Delilah: Is Victor Edoror a Tiger or a Toddler? – Barr. Abraham Oviawe.
When the Uyi Igbe led 5th Assembly of the EDHA tied themselves to the apron string of the Governor of Edo State, Adolf Hitler Eric Oshiomhole, Edo people had thought that no other assembly will ever disappoint Edo People like the Uyi Igbe led 5th Assembly but the Victor Sabor Tiger Edoror led 6th Assembly can conveniently be said to be worse than puppets and indeed an assembly of the ungodly where the devil have a sit in most of their hearts. When Samson in the book of Judges 16, met with Delilah little did he know that he was heading for self-destruction and accordingly deprived himself of the heroic end. Is Mr. Speaker a tiger or a toddler?
In any sane society where the A. V Dicey’s Rule of Law exist, there is not just Separation of powers as propounded by Baron De Montesquieu but there exist checks and balances. Today in Edo State the Victor Sabor Toddler Edoror led 6th Assembly (except for some few members even though have remained quiet) have totally tied themselves to the apron string of the executive and have accordingly run under the feathers of the executive like the chick running under the feathers of the mother hen. It can only be shameful for Mr. Speaker to take orders from the Governor before doing his constitutional duties which he swore to do without interference.
The events that have played out in the last few days shows and put Mr. Governor and Mr. Speaker in very bad light and thus expose them as dangers to our democracy and strangers in the lip service anti-corruption war.
On Saturday the 19th day of December, 2015 the court of Appeal sitting in Benin City declared Gallant Commander Sylvanus Peters Oshioke I. Eruaga as the member representing Etsako West Constituency 2 in the Edo State House of Assembly and INEC ordered to withdraw the certificate of return from Dr. Gowon Yakubu Marughu and issue the certificate of return to Gallant Commander Sylvanus Peters Oshioke I. Eruaga.
INEC in total compliance with this order issued same to him on the 11th day of January, 2016 and pursuant to section 94 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) Sylvanus Peters Oshioke I. Eruaga. Submitted his certificate of return to the clerk and the Mr. Speaker and the court of appeal also duly served the clerk of the house with their judgement/order for information and compliance but Mr. Speaker’s relying on the Mr. Governor’s directive like a toddler have hardened his heart like Pharoah Ramses and have refused to administer oath of office to Gallant Commander Sylvanus Peters Oshioke I. Eruaga. What is wrong with Mr. Governor having a PDP member representing him at the EDHA|????
Quite painfully, Dr. Gowon Yakubu Marughu who ought to be hiding his head soberly, shamelessly and in total disregard for court orders was seen sitting with his former colleagues on the 20th day of January, 2016 , a month later after he has been sent packing by the court at the EDHA presided by Mr. Speaker.
I recalled in the 4th Assembly where persons like the current majority leader, Folly Ogendengbe, Kabiru Adjotu, and Johnson Oghuma were declared winners by the Court of Appeal and in obedience to court orders and realities of the moment, the Zakawanu Garuba (PDP) led House of Assembly inaugurated the members immediately. Also Mr. Governor was a beneficiary of the court of appeal judgment on the 10th November, 2008 and took his oath of office the next day. What is wrong with Mr. Governor having a PDP member representing him at the EDHA|????
Mr. Speaker have continually slept on the lap of the Governor to the detriment of the people and Mr Governor’s determination to finish well is finishing justice, good conscience and promoting corruption and criminality. If Mr. Governor is not behind this wickedness, why have he remained mute where there is currently nobody representing his constituency at the EDHA??????? This development have continued to agitate my mind and affect my psyche until I was comforted this evening the 5/2/16 by the APC publicity Secretary, Edo State, Godwin Erhahon response to questions concerning development in the state on ITV, while quoting copiously from the poet Ola Rotimi, he pontificated thus: ‘’those the gods wants to destroy, it first make them mad’’.
Again, I also agree with the pontification of the PDP state chairman, Dan Orbih when he said Mr. Governor should be advised to stop playing god. I feel the Mr. Governor is playing the role of God and the end may be destruction.
As Edo people approach the polls in few months’ time, Mr. Speaker who his days are numbered as speaker as a result of his ineptitude, must be urged to wake up and run away from Delilah or be destroyed as we know enough to know that Edo people will never want to continue in the style of leadership.
Accordingly, any aspirant who advocates CONTINUITY is an endangered species and must be rejected …I VOW TO HAVE VERY STRONG WORDS FOR THEM AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. Only time will tell. Lawlessness and disrespect for court orders will not be allowed to thrive.
Comrade Abraham Oviawe is a Barrister at Law and writes from Benin city, Nigeria.