Edo people heed the call to protect the State House Assembly from the sacked national chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, when the stormed Chief Anthony Enahoro’s complex in their.numbers.
The governor of Edo State, Mr. Hide Obaseki joined in the solidarity parade to protect the sanctity of the legislature.
Obaseki told the restless youths and.the strange policemen that he on ground to assure Edo people that as governor of the state, he will do everything within his power to protect the sovereignty of the Edo House of Assembly.
He added that Nigeria is governed by the constitution. Mr. President has always said we must follow the rules of law and do things according to the law.
Obaseki was accompanied by the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu and other officials of government.
The surging youths were armed with placards bearing inscriptions such as ‘Edo is not Lagos, 4+4’, No godfatherism and others, amidst solidarity and war songs.
Motorists and passersby were joined the protest that was predominantly orderly.
Over 30 vehicles of the marked Operation Wabaizighan and others, blocked the entire section of the Assembly premises of the Ring Road.
The police operatives, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala, had earlier taken over the entire premises of the Assembly complex, following alleged planned forceful invasion of the Assembly by Oshiomhole and his renegade lawmaker-elects whose seats have since been declared vacant, in accordance to the Assembly rules of required sitting.
The foiled attack comes a day after the members led by the Speaker, Frank Okiye, impeached the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye.
Idiaye was allegedly impeached for saundry offences that were inimical to the unity of the house.
It will be recalled that Okiye had raised the alarm of an impending attack by Oshiomhole and his supporters late Wednesday. They also accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state and some APC stakeholders in Edo state of lending support to the invasion.
Specifically, Uzodinma was accused of planning to import a fake mace with which to invade the Assembly by the lawmaker-elects whose seats have been declared vacant.
An obviously fired up Obaseki said: “I want to assure you that as governor of the state, I will do everything within my power to protect the sovereignty of the House.
“Nigeria is governed by the constitution and me. Mr. President has always said we must follow the rules of law and do things according to the law.
“Nobody is above the Constitution of our country and so go about your regular duty as a parliament, the way Constitution prescribed.
“For us as Executive, we will use the instrument available to us constitutionally to protect the House and the state.”
Earlier while addressing journalists inside the premises of the Assembly, the Speaker, Frank Okiye confirmed the alleged plan to invade the Assembly by the lawmaker-elects.
He, however, said that the “presence of security operatives and the ongoing renovation work on the Assembly building should deter those planning to invade the Assembly.”