A Benin High Court Thursday refused to grant the prayer of 12 lawmakers-elect said to be loyal to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to take over the Edo State House of Assembly.
The lawmakers had approached the court with an ex-parte motion for an interim injunction restraining security agencies from barricading and cordoning off the Assembly complex to enable them have access to take over the House, by a Benin City High Court.
The sought to restrain the Edo State Commissioner of Police; Director, Department of State Services, Edo State, and Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
In suit no B/81OS/2019, and has Victor Edoror, (Esan Central Constituency), Barr. Washington Osifo, (Uhunmwode Constituency), Crosby Eribo (Egor Constituency), on behalf of the 12 pro Osohiomhole members-elect as the plaintiffs, asked the court to restrain the Speaker of the Assembly, Frank Okiye, and his Deputy, Yekini Idiaye, from parading themselves as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, respectively.
They are also challenging the constitutionality of the inauguration of the 7th Assembly of the Edo State House of Assembly.
They noted that “there is need to restrain the 1st and 2nd Defendants from further parading themselves, describing themselves or acting or purport to exercise the powers and functions of the office of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively until the hearing and determination of this suit.”
The claimants were however not in court.
In his ruling, Justice O. Erhabor who ordered the Abuja-based law makers-elect to put the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other defendants on notice of their suit before him, rejected the ex-parte application, saying it was lacking in merit.
He thereafter adjourned the matter to July 24 for mention