The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Edo State has dismissed the claim by associates of Adams Oshiomhole elected to the Edo State House of Assembly of their readiness to take up their seats after staying away since last June.
The PDP speaking through its newly re-elected spokesman, Chris Nehikhare said that the claim was illogical given that the seats had been declared vacant by the Speaker.
Barrister Washington Osifo, spokesman of the 14 elected legislators who refused to take their seats had in a news report declared their readiness to take up their seats.
Countering him, Nehikhare in a statement made available to GreenWhiteGreen said:
“It is pertinent to remind Barrister Osifo that he has ceased, along with his co-travelers to be referred to or described as lawmakers- elect or lawmakers! The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly declared his seat, as well as the seats of his co-travelers vacant. They should know that the seats are no longer available to them.
“The Edo State House of Assembly is not a property of APC neither are the constituency seats bargaining tools in their political bazaar.
They should know that the seats are no longer available to them.
“Edo people are too sophisticated for Barr Osifo and APC to treat with disdain and not expect consequences.
“Barr Osifo and his co-travelers are advised to stay away from EDHA as those 14 seats belong to PDP candidates who have rightly approached the courts and argued that the refusal/neglect by you and your co- travelers to subscribe to the Oath of Membership/Allegiance with respect to the affected constituencies throughout the First Session and First Quarters of the 7th Assembly of Edo State amounts to abdication of office.”