By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Members of the Edo State House of Assembly are presently spoiling for war with Governor Godwin Obaseki and threatened threatened to abandon the All Progressive Congress, APC for the Action Democratic Party, ADP, over alleged attempt to pauperize the House, Leadership gathered yesterday.
It was learnt that the lawmakers have decided to take their destiny in their own hands after the governor was alleged to have slashed N25million from their overheads last week.
Beside, security votes of the members and their over sea trips which have been a ritual every year to enable the lawmakers attend the Edo Convention in the United States have also been cancelled by the governor.
It would be recalled that the governor had informed the 18 commissioners who were sworn-in last Thursday that they should not see the office as an avenue to make money as there was no money in his government to be shared.
Some of the aggrieved lawmakers weekend under anonymity, lamented that they have reported the matter to leaders of the party including the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who is the state caucus leader of the party but nothing has been done.
One of the lawmakers who spoke shortly after a meeting of some of the APC lawmakers narrated that “the governor does not care about our welfare. We are all aware that things are hard but that does not mean that you have to deny members of their entitlements even when we are the poorest Assembly in Nigeria.
“the generator we are using today is over thirty years old, every day you expect us to fix it. The governor cancelled our security votes, we use to travel twice a year as part of our over sight duties but he came and stopped it. When we go out to meet our colleagues outside the state we look like beggars. We have reported the matter to leaders of the party but it seems the governor does not listen to any one from what we heard.
“So we have decided now since he does not listen, we may leave the party for him and others and thank God we have ADP now in the state, so we have alternative. He was elected the same manner we were elected infact we laboured to ensure his victory and we cannot be taken for granted. You cannot run the legislature without funds just the same way you cannot run the Executive without funds”.
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