The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the barricade by the Nigerian Police at the Edo State House of Assembly.
Responding to the allegations in a statement on Thursday, August 6, that the former National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, sponsored the blockage, the Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, warned that Oshiomhole was never involved in it.
Mayaki accused the Edo State government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the legislative arm of government by attacking its members-elect and denying them representation.
Mayaki alleged that the governor 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.
He said, “In Gestapo style, the outgoing governor hijacked a tiny minority and purportedly inaugurated them in the dead of the night.
“The sham inauguration was condemned and set aside by both arms of the National Assembly after their separate investigations revealed that the members, and indeed the Clerk, were forced to participate in the illegality under threat to life.”
Also responding to the allegation by the opposition party, PDP, that APC brought police personnel from Abuja to block the Assembly complex, Mayaki said that the party does not control the Police.
He stressed that if Oshiomhole had the power to control the police, he would not be locked out of the APC’s national secretariat in Abuja after a court suspended him.
Daily Times earlier reported that security operatives from the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) blocked the Assembly following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.