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NDDC nominee: Court adjourns hearing

BENIN—THE Federal High Court in Benin has adjoined till 16 March 2010 hearing on the suit filed by the people of Ovia North East local government area of Edo State to stop the National Assembly from screening any candidate from either Ikpoba Okha or Orhiomnwon local government areas as the state’s representative into the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Also joined in the suit is the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
This comes as EDO South Youth Coalition (ESYC), a youth organization in the state, has vowed to make the state ungovernable should the Senate clear the nomination of Mr Donald Omorodion as the state’s representative in the commission.

In the suit number FHC/B/CS/34/2010, the people of Ovia North East local government area  challenged the nomination of Donald Omorodion and narrated that while the case was being heard on the 1 March 2010 by Honourable Justice I. B. Gafai, with the counsel to the Senate in attendance, the Senate Committee on NDDC, headed by Senator James Manager, started screening Mr Omorodion, who is the 10th defendant in the suit.

“We are tempted to believe that the haste exhibited by the Senate in the screening of Mr Donald soon after receiving the court processes suggests a hidden desire to circumvent the rule of law.”

“We wish to caution the senate to tow the path of honour and suspend the screening and confirmation of the said nominee, pending the determination of the case challenging his nomination” the people stated.

The judge, however, adjourned till 16th after which a date for judgment would be fixed.

However the ESYC resolved that any one who was a stranger to the growing agitations of the Binis and Edo people in general could be supported for the position no matter the caliber of support the person enjoyed from elsewhere or suspicion quarters.

“We are not unaware that the nominee has been endorsed by Senator Ehigie Uzamere, this earnestly provoked our protest letter against the person of the Edo senator for his preference for mediocrity and unpopular candidates.

“The fellow, (Omorodion) is not known to have supported any popular cause of action of Edo South people. We support wholeheartedly the petition written against the nominee by Senators Odion Ugbesia and Yisa Braimoh because any one who seeks equity must come with clean hands,” the group stated.

It added that “the seeker of such an office must be responsible and known to have been disposed to the struggles which the calling of the office entails and not the other way round.

“This is why we insist that the position be either given to the last nominee, Jude Ise Idehen, or Mathew Iduoriyenkenwen, who has a vast experience in the handling of the office having regards to his prudent management of the Board’s resources without blemish.

“We will make the state ungovernable if the Senate allows itself to be used in discarding the allegations advanced by Senators Yisa Braimoh and Odion Ugbesia.

“This is because they bother on national security and integrity for the good of the Board and the state,” it stated.


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