From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo state House of Assembly member representing Orhionmwon south Constituency, Barrister Friday Ogierhiakhi, has accused the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole of using executive powers to turn the legislative arm into a “lame duck’’.
The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) lawmaker alleged that the legislative arm under the watch of the All Progressive congress (APC) Speaker, Hon. Uyigue Igbe, passes executive bills without observing due process.
His allegation was in response to the governor’s allegations of financial inducement against four members of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Razaq Momoh (Etsako West 1), Hon. Patrick Osayimwen (Oredo east 1), Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen (Ikpoba-Okha) and Hon. Friday Ogierhiakhi (Orhionmwon south) constituencies.
They defected from (APC) to the (PDP) in connection to the widely disputed APC party’s registration and congresses.
Ogieriakhi spoke with journalists in Benin at the weekend in Benin City, the state Capital, where he said the governor’s threat raised by the latter as “fear of a drowning regime.
According to him, “putting all of that together, and the fact that they were almost turning the House of Assembly into a lame duck, a rubber stamp, where of course, some of us cannot actually actualize the burning vision we have; the promises we made to our people, a House of Assembly where executive bills are passed without due processes? Where the governor instructs that you have to pass bills on time.”
Speaking on allegations of alleged financial inducement by the state governor, the lawmaker said the move was smacking of a hopeless megalomania.
Reacting to the allegations that he and three other PDP legislators were bribed before dumping the APC, Ogierihiakhi expressed surprise that the governor could reduce himself to the “level of now assuming that he (Oshiomhole) is now the godfather of the day who could make and unmake”.
He said his decision to defect was predicated on fruitless efforts of the governor to cede the three arms of government.