The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State says the crisis in the state is a ploy by some people to use the House of Assembly to impeach the Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The chairman of the state’s chapter of the political party, Anslem Ojezua, told Channels Television on Tuesday that the crisis started after some aggrieved members of the State House of Assembly visited the Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr Ojezua alleged that some APC lawmakers that defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who he said were making efforts to impeach the governor, were bought.
“What is playing out there is the fact that there are some individuals who feel that everybody must panda according to their caprices and that if things do not go their way then everything must be disrupted.
“What is happening there is that the governor is the target. You want to use the House of Assembly to impeach the governor. To do this, you must have a majority of 2/3 and the first step for them was to go and purchase about four or five members, hoping that it will give them some leverage.
“Somewhere along the line the plot was aborted and that led to violence,” he said, pointing out that the House of Assembly had been in existence since 2011 without issues.
“We had a clear and comfortable majority in the House. As soon as some individuals visited the President in Abuja and came back everything changed.”
A member of the House of Assembly, Rasaq Momoh, was attacked by unknown persons last week, an incident alleged to have happened because he left the APC for the PDP.
But Mr Ojezua dismissed the allegation, insisting that the man was known to be a violent person, alleging that he was one of the lawmakers that were purchased. ” Rasaq Momoh is said to have bought four cars in one day. Some lawmakers said he was brandishing dollars telling them that they could be as lucky as he is.”
Part of what led to the crisis in the state was the suspension of some members of the House on allegation of gross misconduct, after the defected to the PDP.
Mr Ojezua also insisted that the lawmakers that defected from the APC had no right to remain in the House as the law had stipulated that the seat of any lawmaker that decamps should be declared vacant except it is proven that there was division in the party.
The APC leader dismissed claims of ‘factionalisation’ in the APC, saying that the crisis that was considered as factionalisaion was disagreements at local councils congresses.