| Edo Crisis - Legislators Shun Court Orders, Resort to Self-Help
The Guardian, July 18, 2014
ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU writes on the drama unfolding in the Edo State House of Assembly where a supremacy war between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ALL Progressives Congress (APC) threatens to rip Edo State apart. FOR the past six weeks, the Edo State House of Assembly has been engulfed in a serious crisis, with legislative activities in abeyance. And two weeks ago, 15 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the House relocated to the old legislative chambers in Government House, claiming that renovation work was going on at the state assembly complex. But the Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, who is leading a faction of eight other members of the House, said they would not recognise the relocation, insisting that the complex was renovated not long ago. The plenary, he affirmed, would continue to hold at the House, with him as the speaker. The crisis, beyond the allegations of misconduct and suspension of, first, four members and later, an additional two, is also actively linked to national political developments. The Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) is widely rumoured to be bent on winning back all the states it lost to the opposition in the last elections, while the APC is also determined to maintain its ground.