Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a roguish party which wanted to snatch away Edo State like “a pickpocket eyeing someone’s purse in the market”.
The Governor, who stated this on Friday through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed while reacting to the impeachment of the speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, described the emergence of the new principal officers as a welcome development.
The Kogi State helmsman while averring that Edo was an APC State which was snatched through the back door by the PDP, assured the Edo APC and her candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of a resounding victory in the September 19 election.
He felicitated with Mr Victor Edoror and Emmanuel Agbaje the new speaker and deputy speaker, respectively of the Edo State House of Assembly following their election by a majority of members in the Edo State capital, Benin City.
Governor Bello who said Kogi State is very interested in peace within her neighbour Edo, noted that since both states share a long boundary line, any breakdown of law and order in the latter was bound to cause security and other troubles for the former.
He urged the new speaker and members of the Edo State House of Assembly to swing into action immediately to restore order to the state legislature and find ways to work with other arms of their government in the best interests of Edo people.
It will be recalled that 17 members of the 24-man Edo Assembly elected new leadership on Thursday with a pledge to restore order to the state legislature which had been embroiled in longstanding crises.
Before then, seven members belonging to the PDP and allegedly backed by Governor Godwin Obaseki, the embattled Governor of the state, had taken over the duties of the Assembly and purportedly impeached the former deputy speaker for declaring support for the APC.