National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has denied allegations of sponsoring the takeover of the Edo State House of Assembly by the House of Representatives.
The denial came as the Senate ad hoc committee investigating the crisis rocking the state assembly yesterday met with the lawmakers being supported by the national leadership of the APC.
Oshiomhole made the clarification in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, in reaction to the allegation made against him by the Speaker of the assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye.
“The allegation is a figment of their imagination. Ordinarily, I will not want to be drawn into frivolous allegations such as this, and sundry others, emanating from Mr. Frank Okiye, one of the members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly.
“But, let me state that the allegation is untrue. As members of the National Assembly, it is their duty to intervene on issues such as the Gestapo manner the Edo State House of Assembly was inaugurated. This will not be the first time the National Assembly has so intervened, and I am sure the lawmakers also have provisions in their budget for carrying out such duties.
“Okiye may have seen the national chairman holding such meetings in his own dreams and not in the physical and I urge him to desist from such frivolous allegations.
“Oshiomhole remains Oshiomhole, and no amount of blackmail and threat from these little minded anti democrats and their cohorts can destroy that name,” the statement added.