By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo state, Chief Dan Orbih, has described the alleged refusal by the Edo State government to allow members of Edo state Oil and Gas Producing Areas Commission, EDSOPADEC, to resume duties inspite of the High Court ruling on the matter as an invitation to anarchy.
An Edo High Court, in Benin had declared the dissolution of the Commission by Governor Adams Oshiomhole as null and void. Following the judgment, members of the commission led by Mr Larry Ogieva, went to resume duty last Tuesday but they were chased away by security agents on the orders of the state government.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Dr Osagie Obayuwana, who reacted to the judgment last week, described it as unacceptable and hinted that the government would appeal the judgment, warning the dissolved members of the Commission to stay off the offices. â€œThey cannot resume just because of the judgment and return. The judgment did not say they should return. The legal process is not yet over,â€ he said.
However the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Dan Orbih, who stated the position of the PDP in the matter, said, â€œI want to condemn the action of the government for illegal dissolution of the Commission.â€
Now it is surprising that the government has refused to comply with the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction by not allowing the members access to their offices.
â€œ It is an irony that a government that was brought to power through a judicial pronouncement has shown total disregard for judicial decision. Government must at all times demonstrate the need for the observance of the rule of law so that the society will not turn into a lawless on.
So I want to call on the government to respect the decision of the court as it relates to the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas commission because the present stance of the government is an invitation to anarchy which will not do us any good in this stateâ€ Orbih stated.