Edo 2020: Obaseki hits back at Malami for supporting ‘lawmakers failed coup’

The directive of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to protect the 17 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo State House of Assembly, who attempted to subvert the leadership of the House, has continued to irk the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s governorship candidate in the September 19 election in the state.

A chieftain of the PDP, Don-Pedro Obaseki, on Monday berated the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for allegedly abusing the law, and providing support for the APC lawmakers who he alleged were involved in a failed coup.

Obaseki, speaking on a television programme “Sunrise Daily” on Channels Television monitored by National Daily from Lagos, argued that the directive of AGF Malami to the IG of Police over the crisis ravaging the Edo House of Assembly revealed the Minister is supporting a particular political party. According to Obaseki, “I will state clearly that Mr. Malami has shown himself as a law officer, as a most-partisan one who decides to speak depending on what part of the (political) party divide he is in. What he has done is a flagrant abuse of the law.”

Obaseki further chided the APC members of the House inaugurated at a private residence in Benin City, alleging they forged a mace used during their inauguration. He said the original mace was kept with the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Francis Okiye, at the time the APC lawmakers were inaugurated, adding the forging of mace is treasonable.

Obaseki, accordingly, demanded the arrest of the 14 APC members of the House who allegedly forged a mace for the purpose of their swearing-in.

Obaseki declared: “They have gone to forge a mace. When you forge a mace, you are forcefully taking over a part of the government.

“That is treasonable. The original mace still lies with the Speaker, Mr Okiye. The Department of State Service should go and arrest them. They are a threat to the state.”


  1. The 14 unlawful lawmakers were acting on the illegal immunity given to them by malami ,but unfortunately what is bad is bad,both malami and the 14 unlawful lawmakers failed,fell and buried.shameless oshiomole APC ize iyamu. Why is oshiomole,ize iyamu apc are afraid of the September 19th election,is bcs oshiomole ize iyamu knows that they have failed.

  2. Why is APC afraid of Obaseki, they wanted Malami to fight for them.APC should not cause problems in the election, to serve is not by force. Malami should be very careful not to cause war in Edo.

  3. Mr. Malami should advise the lawmakers appropriately, instead of being partisan. He should know that he represents Nigeria, and not APC! I am not on anybody’s side. I think every concerned party should respect the constitution and follow it to its letter. We can’t continue to embarrass and disgrace Nigeria in the name of partisan politics. Let’s do things right! God bless Nigeria.