Oshiomhole bows to pressure shares $75m loan and SUVs to Lawmakers over council tenure
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has sought middle ground with the State House of Assembly members who were up in arms against him over who is constitutional empowered to dissolve the local council.
Prior to the expiration of the local government three years tenure on the 21st of April, the house of assembly moved a motion, directing the 18 local council chairmen to prepare their handing over notes.
The move by the assembly members angered the governor who has been used to ridding roughshod over the members since the governor’s political party mustered the majority in the house.
Governor Oshiomhole fiercely wrote the state assembly last week, demanding that they desist from interfering in executive functions.
Reading the governor’s letter on the floor of the house, Hon. Kabiru Ajoto, representing Akoko-Edo Constituency insisted that the house was right, saying the governor was misled by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.
Following the lack of truce between the executive and the legislative arms, the house gave an order summoning the AG, Hon. Henry Idaghagbon to appear in the house within one week.
The crisis between the two arms of government attracted the attention of the Labour Party national secretary and legal luminary Comrade Julius Abure. Comrade Julius chided the governor and the members, saying both arms have abandoned their call to duty.
“It is shameful that the house of assembly that ought to have checkmated the illegality, banality and excesses of the governor by ensuring that local government election is conducted before the expiration of their tenure only came up to remind the council chairmen and councillors that their tenures have expired. What is happening in Edo state can not be said to be democratic or good governance,” he said.
Comrade Abure queries: “Why should the two arms of government engage in a fruitless fight when there is hunger and anger in the land, no electricity, no fuel to power the generators, prices of goods in the market have skyrocketed, school fees in the state’s owned tertiary institutions increased above 200 percent?”
Sources in Edo Government House revealed to FREEPRESS that in a bid to douse the impasse, the governor held a meeting with the house of assembly members last weekend, soliciting their understanding and cooperation. The house members, it was learned, pointedly told the governor that he has been ‘eating alone’, an allegation that the governor denied.
The governor was said to have told the house members that the dwindled allocation which affected all the states of the federation also affected the largesse to the state house of assembly. A member of the state assembly (name withheld) told the governor that they were aware that $75 million loan from foreign financial institution, running into several billions of naira has been accessed and is being squandered recklessly. The house members rejected the claims that the state is broke.
It was learned that before the meeting came to a close that the governor promised the house members brown new exotic Honda car/Jeep each to be delivered this weekend.
Meanwhile, sources at the Benin airport informed us that the jet-loving governor last week continued his gallivanting around in a private jet belonging to Access Bank which handled the $75m deal