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Oshiomhole, 14 others beaten up in Edo

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Oshiomhole, 14 others beaten up in Edo

There seem to be no end in sight to the crisis rocking Edo state House of Assembly

The crisis rocking the Edo state House of Assembly has taken a new dimension following the attack on lawmakers-elect in the state.

Seidu Oshiomhole, the younger brother of the APC National Chairman and former Governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole was yesterday attacked and beaten up alongside 14 other lawmakers-elect in the state. The lawmakers were reportedly holding a meeting at an undisclosed location when they were attacked by thugs suspected to be hired by the state government. 

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The meeting, BlackBox Nigeria gathered was necessitated by the Monday midnight inauguration of nine members of the new parliament and subsequent election of Frank Okiye as speaker.

It would be recalled that just nine out of the 24-man Assembly met to elect a speaker in what many have been describing as unconstitutional.

The ongoing crisis in the state assembly it was gathered is a result of a fresh rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole who however singlehandedly anointed him as a replacement.

BlackBox Nigeria learnt that the bad blood started with the Governor’s interest in selecting his choice candidate as the speaker of the ESHA against the wills of his former boss. 

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While an end doesn’t seem in sight to the brewing crisis in the state, it is expected that security forces will get involved to prevent physical assaults henceforth.

The 15 lawmakers that were reported to have been attacked have however reported the case at the Police headquarters. They were led Victor Tiger Edoror, a former deputy speaker who is also eyeing the lead ship of the assembly.

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