It has emerged that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami SAN, backed the 17 pro-APC members of Edo State House of Assembly moving for the restoration of constitutional democracy in the state.
In a letter dated August 5, 2020 addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Adamu, Malami urged him to intervene to restore democracy.
The lawmakers had written to the AGN through their lawyer, Dr. Ehiogie West-Idahosa, seeking his “urgent and nationalistic” intervention in the matter.
Malami said in the letter: “The law firm has requested that the affected members-elect, who are willing to discharge their constitutional roles, should be inaugurated or sworn-in by the Clerk of the House.
“Furthermore, the members who have also been sworn in should not be prevented from discharging their duties under whatever guise. The above request is in line with the provisions of Sections 90,91, 101 and 104 of the 1999 Constitution (as altered).
“In view of the foregoing and in order to ensure constitutional compliance with the dictates of Sections 91-96 of the 1999 Constitution (as altered) and also to prevent the breakdown of peace, law and order, I’m requesting that you kindly provide adequate security measures for the purpose of the inauguration of the concerned members and the subsequent sittings of the Edo State House of Assembly”.
Apparently bouyed by the support from AGN and the police, the majority lawmakers inaugurated the House and elected a new Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
They later moved to proceed to the House of Assembly complex to begin sitting.
But in a bid to stop the move and an assault on constitutional democracy, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s allies removed the roof of the assembly complex and emptied gravels and sound to block the access to complex, feigning the House was being renovated.