Go back to House of Assembly – Obaseki orders Edoror
The Edo State governor, Dr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the former Edo State Speaker who is now the Deputy Speaker, Engr Victor Edoror, to stop his campaign for the Federal House of Representatives.
The secret meeting was called by the Edo State governor at the Government House in Benin. The governor was visibly worried about the prospects of loosing Edo Central to the opposition due to the growing agitation against marginalisation in the District. Thus he ordered the Deputy Speaker to rather go back for the position of Member representing Esan Central LGA constituency at the Edo State House of Assembly.
According to one of our two sources at the meeting, the decision to return Edoro to the House of Assembly was “especially because a popular young aspirant from the opposition party in Ward 8 has backed out of the race and our calculation is that it’s better to close that local government area quickly and also to get Edoro back so they may be able to let him be Speaker.”
Governor Obaseki invited all the aspirants from each of the 18 local government to government house to tell them his governnent’s preferences ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.
In Esan Central, Governor Obaseki said Hon. Victor Edoror should contest for Edo State House of Assembly and not Federal House of Representatives.
Consequently, all those who had been jostling for the position in APC including Mr. Farooq and Hon. Balulu, a former leader of the Legislative Arm in Esan Central LGA, who had already bought the nomination form were asked to step down for Edoro.
But Irrua Lawyer, former Leader of the Legislative Arm of Esan Central LGA and frontline aspirant from Ward 1, Hon Adaghebalulu popularly known as Balulu, has faulted the alleged governor’s order and vowed to go ahead and contest the election.
“They have killed Esan land politically… Those ones will look for a way and ways to reduce and disregard and deprive Esan land for their own gains.” Balulu blurted at a social media platform.
“Ok, look at Eguare Irrua plotting of candidates. The House of Representatives candidate is in Eguare , Irrua town. The House of Assembly candidate they a plotting to put it at Eguare. Those are APC. The pdp has Senator at Eguare Irrua and he pick a House of Assembly candidate in same Eguare Irrua. And they want people from the other wards to vote for their political selfishness and foolishness. The… party leaderships a watching and wondering if they have misplaced their thinking faculties. Hahahaa, tramadol and ganja unlimited.” Balulu mocked the decision to zoned the House of Assembly to Edoro.
In Esan West, it was Macus Onobu for EDHA. In our next report, we shall give a full list of all those anointed by the governor and their positions. Follow this Page.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the APC in Edo State, Barr Anselm Ojezua, was reportedly not in that meeting. He is currently in America. It is not clear whether as State Chairman he was even consulted. Under Ojezua’s watch, all the Edo Central legislators who had been validly elected Speakers were violently booted out of office without as much as a public criticism or condemnation from him.
It is also not clear whether the National Chairman of the Party and Leader of the Party in Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, also endorsed the decision of the governor. But in our next report we shall bring you the report of that investigation.