The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in Edo state have staged a protest at the House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.
Channels TV reports that the protesters stormed the Assembly complex on Friday, August 7, while security operatives remain at the facility for the second day.
The PDP members pledged their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki and the factional speaker of the house, Frank Okiye. They rejected another factional speaker of the house, Victor Edoror, who was allegedly inaugurated by 17 lawmakers on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has denied involvement in the police’s takeover of the state’s House of Assembly on Thursday, August 6.
The chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, said in a statement on Thursday that his party does not control the police.
Mayaki was reacting to the allegation by the PDP that the APC was responsible for the siege. The APC chieftain, in turn, accused the Edo State government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the state’s legislature by attacking its members-elect and denying them representation.
Mayaki alleged that Governor Godwin Obaseki was responsible for a number of sieges on the Assembly complex, adding that he was in the best position to explain who sponsored the blockade of the assembly.