By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” THE crisis rocking the Labour Party in Edo State worsened yesterday as the chairmen of the party in the 18 local government councils of the state passed a vote of no confidence in the state chairman of the party, Dr John Ogbeide, for alleged constitutional breaches.
Consequently, a six-man transitional committee, led by Mr. Eddy Osifo, was inaugurated to pilot the affairs of the party and conduct congresses at all levels of the state within the next threeÂ months.
In a communiquÃ© signed by the chairman of the party in Oredo local government area, Mr Johnson Idahor, chairman of the party in Uhumnwonde local government council, Elder Edosomwan Omogiate, and others, the council chairmen accused the chairman of alleged refusal to dissolve the existing protem executive committees at the state and council levels and called for fresh congresses, irrespective of the fact that their tenure had long expired.
They also accused the chairman of alleged â€œ failure to render annual financial statements of account of the party to a well organized congress for over three years and clandestinely keeping as secret all financial donations and gifts to the party.â€
The communiquÃ© resolved, therefore, that the chairmenÂ â€œhereby disowned the protem state executive and directed all party members and local government executives to henceforth abstain from any orders or activities of the party, where the protem executive is officially involved.
â€œThat there is urgent need to meet with Governor Adams Oshiomhole to discuss the issues of the party substantially raised by the meeting.
â€œA disciplinary action be taken to try the protem state chairman for constitutional breaches as provided for the partyâ€™s constitutionâ€