Suspected thugs on Tuesday attacked 15 lawmakers-elect loyal to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole faction of the APC in Benin city.
Among those attacked was the younger brother of the APC chairman, Mr. Seidu Oshiomhole representing Estako West 2. The attack reportedly occurred at a hotel in downtown Benin city, venue of the meeting of the lawmakers-elect when the thugs stormed the hotel and beat them up. Several lawmakers-elect sustained varying degrees of injuries from the attack and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
One of the lawmakers-elect and a former deputy speaker of the state Assembly , Mr. Victor Tiger Edoror led his colleagues to the police headquarters in Benin to make a report of the assault.
The state police command is yet to comment on the attack.
Nine lawmakers-elect loyal to the state governor, Godwin Obaseki had on Monday night held the inaugural session of the 7th Assembly where they elected Frank Okiye representing Esan North East Constituency 1 Speaker and Mr. Yekini Idiaye representing Akoko Edo Constituency 1 his deputy amid tight security in the Assembly complex. The 15 others loyal to Adams Oshiomhole were not invited to the session.
The new speaker, Okiye said the 15 were not sworn in because they are yet to meet the requirements. Speaking after his emergence, he said, “It is with the deepest sense of humility that I receive this call to serve the people and I assure that I will do all in my power to serve their best interest at all times. I congratulate my colleagues and fellow members who are today inaugurated and urge other members-elect who are yet to meet up with the requirements for inauguration to do so without delay so they can join this honorable house in the discharge of its responsibilities.”
The nine members who attended the sitting were Hon. Nosa Okunbor; Hon. Henry Okuarobo; Hon. Uyi Ekhosuehi; Hon. Marcus Onobun; Hon. Ephraim Anehbosele; Hon. Roland Asoro; Hon. Eric Okaka; Hon Frank Okiye and Hon Yekini Idiaye.
The house adjourned till July 17, 2019.
The crisis in the state chapter of the party is over who will fly the party’s flag at the 2020 gubernatorial election in the state. Obaseki fell out with his immediate predecessor and godfather, Oshiomhole who is alleged to be scheming to replace the governor with another candidate. Oshiomhole plans to give Obaseki the Akinwunmi Ambode treatment next year.