By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
At the beginning of the week when they should have been in deep mourning, members of the Edo State House of Assembly surfaced to unseat their speaker, Victor Tiger Edoror. Remarkably, Tiger Edoror was replaced by Mrs. Elizabeth Atvie, who became the first woman in the annals of the state legislature to serve as speaker. Of course, Tiger did not lay back and watch a woman take over his seat of influence.
He tried to fight back but with the wind taken off his sail with revelations of disproportionate sharing of resources, his fight was albeit to no avail. Not even the governor’s intervention was able to save him. Unlike lions which hunt in family packs, tigers are known to be more of solitary hunters. Speaker Tiger Edoror according to some of his colleagues hunted and ate alone even when the members complained of hunger.
Given the recent developments in the state, especially the face-off between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu, it was not surprising that some sought to link the developments in the House of Assembly to the governorship brawl between the governor and Odubu. But no such nexus exists, nearly all the actors affirm.
But what can be affirmed is the whispering campaign allegedly being mounted against one of the popular aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. It is being claimed that the Enigies have been instructed not to receive him in any of his campaign visits. The instruction according to some arose from the fear that this particular aspirant could be a threat to the institution of the monarchy given what is alleged to be a genetic trait. But whether it is politics or persecution from enemies is an issue that would in the near future blow open.
Kogi’s Legislative Conundrum
It is a logjam that may yet stretch the limits of the country’s constitution. The refusal of the group of five in the Kogi State House of Assembly and Governor Yahaya Bello to heed the resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives taking over the functions of the Kogi State legislature continues to ruffle feathers.
The National Assembly had upon the powers conferred on it by Section 11 of the Constitution resolved to take over the affairs of the Kogi State House of Assembly following the stalemate that arose after five members of the House of Assembly overrode the decision of the majority of 15 members of the House.
The five members, reportedly with the support of Governor Bello have continued to sit in disregard to the resolution of the National Assembly. The stalemate has not been helped by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Mallam Abubakar Malami, SAN, who reportedly gave legal advise to the Inspector General of Police not to give backing to the resolution of the National Assembly.
It is rather unfortunate that the principal actors in the crisis have failed to trudge the letter and intents of the constitution and have rather followed sentiments in their approach to the crisis. It is rather interesting seeing the AGF who submitted to the National Assembly when he bowed to the Senate during his ministerial screening now challenging the powers and resolution of the National Assembly!
Governor Ayodele Fayose’s self appointed ranking as the country’s opposition leader may after all not be a fluke. By his actions he is gradually showing his influence not just in his native Ekiti State, but also in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Fayose who was instrumental to the appointment of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman, this week showed his magic wand when he shocked many by appearing at a gathering of PDP Southwest stalwarts in Akure, Ondo State where many of those opposed to him had gathered to strategise on how to defeat his plot to return Sheriff as PDP chairman in the forthcoming national convention.
To the amazement of many, after Fayose appeared, the major stakeholders at the meeting including Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Chief Bode George among many others changed their opposition to adopt the zoning of the national chairman to the Northeast. Instead of the communiqué rejecting the national zoning arrangement, the Akure gathering adopted the recommendations as reportedly dictated by Governor Fayose.
Even more, as an icing to the cake, it is understood that one of the princely positions zoned to the Southwest, National Publicity Secretary, has been sub-zoned to the Ekiti/Ondo axis. With Governor Mimiko not having a candidate in the race, the race has been reportedly left open for Governor Fayose’s Man Friday, Lere Olayinka!