The timely intervention of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, averted what would have resulted into bloody fight between warring lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly Wednesday.
Legislators, split along party lines, have been engaged in cold war of sort over crisis bordering on leadership of the House.
The APC legislators and their PDP counterparts had engaged each other in shouting match over use of umbrellas to protect themselves as an early morning rain beat them black and blue in front of the Chief Anthony Enahoro on Kings Square in Benin the state capital.
The lawmakers stormed the entrance gate early in the day but none gained access into the hallowed chambers but were stranded along party lines in front of the main entrance gate closely watched by anti-riot policemen that guard the areas against any breach of peace.
But as the waiting game continued, eight PDP lawmakers provided umbrellas inscribed with the PDP logo and of the same number for their protection from the downpour while the 16 APC members without umbrellas stood in the rain.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Philip Shaibu who was irked by the action of the PDP members then asked them to stop campaigning as it was not yet time for such development but he was quickly confronted by the member representing Orhionmwon South constituency, Hon. Friday Ogieriakhi who taunted the APC lawmakers to come in for shelter under the PDP big umbrella for protection at all times.
Angered by the outbursts and argument, the APC and the PDP engaged each in a shouting match thereby heightening the already tensed environment around the legislative premises.
An assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations whose name could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report was reported to have sent one of the officers to a nearby market at the Ring Road location to buy 16 umbrellas for the APC members to quell the agitation.
The PDP lawmakers later adjourned to next week Monday while the APC lawmakers also adjourned to Wednesday.