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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Edo House of Assembly shut for 14 days amid APC crisis

Edo House of Assembly shut for 14 days amid APC crisis

- The Edo state House of Assembly has been closed for 14 days - Stephen Guobadia, senior staff in the assembly, said the complex is being closed for fumigation - The development is coming amid the rising political tensions in the APC as the state prepares for the forthcoming governorship election 

The Edo state House of Assembly has been closed for 14 days amid the rising political tensions in the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, the assembly’s acting director, administrator and supplies, Stephen Guobadia, said the shutdown was due to fumigation, The Cable reports. 

Guobadia asked all members of the house to stay away until the fumigation exercise is completed. He, however, urged them to remain active with their mobile phones to aid communication. 

Edo House of Assembly shut for 14 days amid APC crisis. Photo credit: The Cable Source: UGC Recall that the complex was not closed for fumigation when the speaker of the assembly, Frank Okiye, tested positive for COVID-19 in March. The speaker has also recovered from the infection 21 days after treatment. Thus, it is not immediately clear why the complex is being closed for fumigation, especially the political crisis in the APC heats up.

Through the deputy vice-chairman (South-South), Hillary Eta, Ajimobi on Wednesday, June 17, reversed the cancellation of the screening committee carried out by Victor Giadom, a self-acclaimed acting national chairman in place of Adams Oshiomhole. Moreover, the Ajimobi-led APC has appointed Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo as the chairman of the Edo state governorship primary election. 

Reacting to Giadom's earlier move, the APC's National Working Committee (NWC) said he is not a member of the committee since his resignation of the position in a bid to contest as Rivers deputy governor in 2019. In a related development, some security operatives on Wednesday, June 17, took over the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja. It was gathered that the agents took over the building in anticipation of the breakdown of law and order over the court ruling that upheld the suspension of Oshiomhole as the party's national chairman.

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