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Rep calls for caution over LG chairmen’s suspension

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—The member representing Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Samson Osagie, has called for caution over the suspension of the local government chairmen of Akoko-Edo and Orhionmwon as the issue was  already before the court.

The House of Representatives had last week passed a motion urging Edo State government to revert to the statusquo.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday at the presentation of education instructional /health materials to schools and health centres in his constituency, Mr. Osagie said the court should be allowed to make its pronouncement on the issue already before it.

He said:  “My opinion, as a lawmaker and a lawyer, is usually guided by the prevailing circumstances, especially when the suits are in court.

“We are told as lawyers that when a matter is in court, it becomes subjudice. You don’t need to discuss it; so there are so many legal angles to it.

“I believe that no responsible government can indeed tolerate the abridgement of the provisions of the constitution. In other words, due process must be followed in attaining any desired goal under a constitutional government.

“I want to say that our opinions remain opinion until the courts make effective pronouncement. This is why whatever everybody is saying is mere conjecture until the court decides what was right and what was wrong.

“But the truth of the matter is that no government can tolerate the abridgement of the provisions of the law or otherwise and allow a situation where law and order would be flouted because we are in an era of the rule of law.        I believe that the contending forces today are agreed on that point.

“It, therefore, means that having submitted themselves to the court of law, they should expect the court to make the appropriate pronouncements.”


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