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Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Group wants feuding Edo lawmakers to negotiate

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From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

A pressure group, Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), has appealed to feuding members of the state House of Edo state House of Assembly to reconsider dialogue initiated by the Benin monarch in the interest of peace.

EPIA, which is a non-governmental organisation, established to promote Edo language, heritage and ensure empowerment of the people, made this appeal at a press conference in Benin, at the weekend.

EPIA President, Bishop John Omogiade Edokpolor, in a statement, described the emergence of two factions of the Assembly holding parallel plenaries as a ‘disaster and mockery on democracy’.

He stated that the crisis unfortunately is not for the indigenes that elected the House members, but purely for the interest of the politicians, and wondered why the indigenes are being subjected to bear the brunt.

He said: “These matters are for their own political party interests, whereas their primary goal is supposed to serve the interest of the state, primarily the indigenes of the state. Unfortunately, this is not what they are doing now, with what we are currently experiencing”.

He also said the Edo people are aggrieved, as the impasse is capable of hurting them as well as the political values of those they voted into power.

Speaking on their plans to reconcile the parties, Edokpolor said “we have decided to send out letters to the stakeholders in the political parties, to see how we can get their attention to set up some sort mediation, within the APC, and the PDP. We also have been able to reach out to some prominent indigenes of the state to intervene”.

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