Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Edo State House of Assembly has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the people of the state will continue to support his transformation agenda.
The assembly also carpeted the senator representing Edo South senatorial district, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, over his call for the impeachment of President Buhari, pointing that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator moved the motion without due consultation with his constituents who have issued 73 hours ultimatum for him to apologise to the president and the people of the state or a recall process will commence.
The Majority Leader of the state assembly, Roland Asoro, moved the vote of confidence, while Messrs Tiger Edoro (Deputy Speaker); Chris Okaeben, Crosby Eribo, Henry Okhuarobo, Nosa Okunbor, Damian Lawani, Elizabeth Ativie, Osaigbovo Iyoha and others called on Senator Urhoghide to tender unreserved apologies to his constituents or they will commence a recall process as being requested by people from Edo South.
The lawmakers recalled that senatorâ€™s party, â€œthe PDP led Nigeria to this present security quagmire. It will be recalled that during the abysmal rule of the PDP, specifically in September 2014, a private jet stacked with millions of dollars was used to launder money by the then federal government all in the name of purchasing military hardware. The humongous cash was later seized by the South African authorities.
â€œDuring this heinous occurrence, no lawmaker from his party condemned the act let alone moving a motion for the impeachment of the former president.â€
However, the motion which passed the vote of confidence on President Buhari, said: â€œWhereas the President has demonstrated high level of competence since he assumed office as President, he inherited almost a failed country as president.
â€œHe is fighting the greatest enemy of Nigeria called corruption with all his energy and zeal, however, it is obvious that corruption is fighting back with all its strength. Senator Urhoghide moved a motion of impeachment against the president without consultation with his constituents and Edo people at large.
â€œEnemies of Nigeria have deliberately shot their eyes mind, brain and ears to the positive development brought about by the Buhariâ€™s administration. But the good people of the state are in support of President Buhari in his quest to positively reposition Nigeria.
â€œLet it be resolved by this honourable assembly that a vote of confidence be passed on President Buhari, and Edo people will continue to support him in his transformation agenda of Nigeria.â€