ByÂ Â Victor Ahiuma-Young
BENINâ€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, weekend, gave insight into why he ignored a recent House of Representatives’ resolution ordering him to reinstate the suspended ChairmanÂ of Akoko-Edo local government area of the state, Chief Johnson Emesealu, saying the resolution was worthless.
Speaking at the just concluded 8th Triennial Delegates Conference of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) held in Benin City, Edo State, Comrade Oshiomhole argued that the issue was not about who was powerful, but about the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which dictates the rules governing the nationâ€™s democracy.
He reiterated the battle his government had been waging against godfatherism and its attempt at frustrating his efforts, his desire to fulfil his electoral promises to the people of the state and how those frustrating the socio-economic development in the state relocated to Abuja and sought help from the leadership of the House of Representatives.
According to him, â€œI am now 16 months old in government and we have already redefined the quality and character of governance in our state. You know that the background that shaped my character, my values and my style are those core values of labour organization, the values of organizing and mobilizing and those lessons that tell us that there is no order that cannot be changed if those who are victimized by the system have resolved to resist and change it.
Three weeks ago, they ran to Abuja, to the House of Representatives to complain about their incapacitation at home.Â The House of Representatives tried to bail them out, but the matter was beyond the leadership of the House. It is a matter of the constitution, because in a democracy, the rules are defined by the constitution. It is not about who is powerful. Only God has power and whoever He gives power, He does not deny him wisdom.”