Ahead of the Edo State Governorship election in September, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a roguish party, which wants to snatch away Edo State like “a pickpocket eyeing someone’s purse in the market”, .
Governor Bello, who stated this on Friday, through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, while reacting to the impeachment of the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, described the emergence of the new Principal Officers as a welcome development.
The Kogi State helmsman while stating that Edo State is an All Progressives Congress, APC, State, which was snatched through the back door by the PDP, assured the Edo APC and its Governorship Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of a resounding victory in the September 19, election.
He felicitated with Victor Edoror and Emmanuel Agbaje, the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively, of the Edo State House of Assembly, following their election by a majority of members in the Edo State capital, Benin City, on Thursday.
Governor Bello who said that Kogi State is very interested in peace within her neighbour, Edo State, noted that since both States share a long boundary line, any breakdown of law and order in the latter, is bound to cause security and other troubles for the former.
He urged the new Speaker and members of the Edo State House of Assembly, to swing into action immediately, to restore order to the State Legislature, and find ways to work with other arms of their government, in the best interests of the people of Edo State.
It will be recalled, that 17 members of the 24-man Edo State House of Assembly, elected new Leadership on Thursday, with a pledge to restore order to the State Legislature, which had been embroiled in longstanding crisis.
Before then, 7 members belonging to the PDP, and allegedly backed by Governor Godwin Obaseki, the embattled Governor of the State, had taken over the duties of the House, and purportedly impeached the former Deputy Speaker, for declaring support for the APC and its Governorship Candidate.