…Says Seats Declared Vacant Was For Interest Of The State
Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Frank Okiye, Wednesday, January 29, said it is irresponsible and unpardonable sin politicians abandon their statutory responsibilities and engage in polical fight and quarrels.
Okiye who disclosed this shortly after the House preliminary, asserted that if politicians must engage in politic fight it must not be to the disadvantage of the good people who elected them.
Accroding to the Speaker, all elected public officials are subject to the people who elected them hence the responsibility they(electorates) gave to such officials must not be jettison on the “altar of cheap and bitter politics.
He said, “As elected public officials, we are not bigger than those who elected us. We are in fact subject to the people who elected us; they are our masters; they are our leaders; they are our paymasters and we cannot under any guise abdicate the responsibilities they freely gave to us on the altar of cheap and bitter politics.
“This cannot be and this must not be again. The people are supreme, they are the ultimate, and my leadership of the House will continue to hold the people of Edo State in a very high esteem as our employer.”
The Speaker continues, “If we as politicians and elected officials must fight, if we must disagree and if we must act in any way, we must never do so to the disadvantage of the good people of our dear state. It is irresponsible, unthoughtful and indeed unpardonable sin to abdicate responsibilities under any guise while also indulging in retrogressive politics at the expense of the people.
“We are paid to serve the people; they must get adequate rewards for their money. Tomorrow shall indeed judge our today”, he added.
While clearing the air that Godwin Obeseki was never the one inducing or aggravating the crisis, Okiye lamented that some persons are using the controversy to distract the governor from doing his good work, stressing that the interest of the people of the state must be allowed to prevail.
On the 14 seats of the state Assembly he declared vacant, Okiye said it was done in the best interest of the respective constituencies and the overall interest of the people of the state.
The Speaker added that the act was not to hurt anyone in particular but to bring sanity and responsibilities to politics and governance in the state and to assert the importance of the legislative arm.
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