By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”SUSPENDED Chairman of Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State, Mr. Patrick Aisien, has attributed his suspension from office by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to his refusal to defect to Action Congress, AC.
Aisien, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard in Benin weekend, said some of the actions taken against him by the Oshiomhole administration for his recalcitrance include the non-release of the oil windfall fund due to the local government since October, 2006 and massive deployment of teachers to the local government to further deplete the finances of the council.
According to him, this led to the reduction of the councilâ€™s monthly allocation by over N6million.
He disclosed that prior to inauguration of the present administration Orhionmwon local government occupied about the 4th position in the state in revenue allocation, regretting that today, the council now occupied the 17th position.
To buttress his argument of a witchhunt, Aisien revealed that as soon as his Vice-Chairman, Deacon Newman Ugiagbe, who is now the Acting Chairman, defected to Action Congress, the oil windfall fund which was denied him was released to the council.