By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”PIONEER Governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has condemned in an unequivocal terms, the act of brigandage that took place in the Edo State House of Assembly on Monday, describing it as very shameful and a disgrace to the state.
â€œI must say that I may have received the full details of what gave rise to the disgraceful event that occurred at the hallow chamber of the State House of Assembly,Â Monday, but I must condemned it in no uncertain term.â€
â€œEdo State is a leading light in this nation and today, we are in the process of restoring Edo State to that enviable position where others would look up to. I think that our House of Assembly has let us down very badly.â€
â€œThere is no situation that the constitution of the land does not provide for and there is no dispute that cannot be sorted out in the law court and I think those are the proper points of reference for any arguments,â€ he said.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun who spoke with Vanguard yesterday in Benin, while reacting to the fighting that took place in the State House of Assembly between legislators on the platforms of the Action Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, said that from the pictures that he saw in the media of injured members of the assembly, some of the legislators came to the house armed and prepared for battle.
Warning against what he described as the politics of bitterness that is being introduced into the state, the former Governor said that Edo State must not be turned into a battle ground, but should be a state where people must ensure that votes cast in an election counts.
According to him, â€œI pray that the kind of bitterness that is being introduced into the politics of the state mustÂ be stopped now and we donâ€™t want the state to become a battle ground. Edo State should be where we must start to ensure that votes count and that should be the determinant and not thuggery, fighting and not the desecrating of the hallow chamber of the state House of Assembly.â€
Saying that the legislators should allow the constitution and the law of the land to guide them in their deliberations, he added that he was taken aback that the defection of a member of the House to another party should be the cause of the mayhem.