The All Progressives Congress (APC) Media Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship election has denied claims by the state government that its leadership mobilised police from Abuja to block the Edo State House of Assembly complex.
Earlier on Thursday, the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force had taken over the premises of the assembly complex and this happened just a day after the Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye was impeached.
The APC in a statement issued same Thursday morning by the Chairman of the State Media Campaign Council, Mr John Mayaki, noted that the political party does not control the Police.
The party also accused the State Government of carrying out, “several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the legislative arm of government by attacking its members-elect and denying them proper representation”.
In the statement, it was also said that the outgoing Governor, Godwin Obaseki had treated the House of Assembly, which is an independent and co-equal branch of the government as a mere extension of his office through the brutalization of members-elect and the denial of representation to the majority of members.
The APC further accused the outgoing Governor of hijacking a tiny minority in Gestapo style and purportedly inaugurated them in the dead of the night.
Mayaki’s statement also emphasized that with all the criminal antecedents going on, if there is any unwholesome activity at the Assembly Complex, the outgoing Governor is in the best position to explain to the public what is going on and why.
The party made it clear that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or the APC does not control the Police Force.