Expectations of a political or other solutions on the part of Governor Godwin Obaseki helping the 14 axed members of the Edo State House of Assembly were ruled out on Monday by the governor.
He said that he did not have the powers to return them to the House noting that they refused to be inaugurated and that they were misled by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The governor spoke following a thank you visit to the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Abuja.
Speaking to newsmen following the visit, the governor said:
They were listening to their godfather who kept hoping and promising that he would unconstitutionally get the state House of Assembly to reissue a proclamation even after the court had settled the matter.
“For more than 180 days they did not come. They refused to represent the people. Those seats became vacant; that’s what the constitution says.
“They went to court after those were declared vacant by the Speaker. There is nothing I can do to that at this time.
“I wish it did not happen but people were playing God and promising what is not constitutionally possible.
“It is not about me. I am an elected governor of Edo. I am not one that planted people into the house of Assembly.
“They, on their own, operated the rules the way it should be, the seats are now vacant.
“We should learn that democracy is underpinned by the constitution and the law.
“Even if I wanted today to bring them back, I don’t have such powers.
“I do not have anything against them because I do not have such authority to bring them back to the house.”