Gov. Obaseki

Edo State under the stewardship of Governor Godwin Obaseki is the only

Governor in Nigeria that is yet to make proclamation for the

inauguration of the State Assembly to commence legislative business as

the constitution demands.

 

The Governor, who praised himself for breaking the records of his

predecessors by scoring 24/24 in the state legislative arm during the

just concluded election held on March 8th, 2019 is now withholding the

proclamation for inauguration.

 

As no government exists in a vacuum, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s

abdication in this case has cast deep thought on the minds of the

people as to why the Governor is withholding the proclamation for the

inauguration of the 7th Assembly.

 

According to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

as amended, section 104 of the constitution stated thus: “A House of

Assembly shall sit for a period of not less than one hundred and

eighty-one days in a year”, and section 105 (1) also stated, “A House

of Assembly shall stand dissolved at the expiration of a period of

four years commencing from the date of the first sitting of the

House”, and subsection (3), states “Subject to the provisions of this

Constitution, the person elected as the Governor of a State shall have

power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of

the House of Assembly of the State concerned immediately after his

being sworn in, or for its dissolution as provided in this section”.

 

On account of the above constitutional proviso, on what grounds is the

Governor withholding the proclamation or is he now scared of the

danger of his success on scoring 24/24 in the state legislative arm?

 

It’s therefore a clarion call to the Governor to do the needful as

enshrined in the constitution in order to have a safe landing come

2020.