Abuja - The Edo State House of Assembly has denied media reports
sittings were now held in the office of the Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Speaker, Uyi Igbe, disputed the reports in a statement.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports in a section of
the media purporting that the Edo State House of Assembly now sits in the
office/chamber of the Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole following
the commencement of repair works at the Hallowed Chamber of the Assembly at the
Anthony Enahoro House," Igbe said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Office of Mr Speaker
wishes to inform the general public that such reports are not only patently
false and mischievous but another phase in what is now clearly a coordinated
assault on the legislative branch in Edo State by desperate anti-democratic
He said such reports were intended to cast the
legislative branch in bad light, thereby eroding its integrity in the eyes of
Igbe said as a temporary measure, the State Assembly had
to move its plenary to the old chamber of the legislature so that normal
proceedings continued pending the completion of the repair of the Hallowed
Chamber at the Anthony Enahoro House.
The structure was recently vandalised.
Igbe said sitting inside the old chamber in the past few
days not only fills them with pride but also inspires in them a feeling of
reunion with past legislative heroes and heroines dating back to the Midwest,
old Bendel State and later Edo State.
“We feel their illustrious spirits in this old chamber.
So, it would not be an overstatement to, in fact, described the old chamber as
the cradle of the legislative tradition in our dear state. Only the ignorant,
only the mischief-makers would choose to ignore this historic fact."
The old chamber was in until 1999.
- CAJ News
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