A group of protesters has called on the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to intervene in the alleged financial misappropriation of the councilâ€™s funds by the Chairman of Esan North East Local Government Council, Hon. John Yakubu.
The youths in a protest at the Government House in Benin City, alleged among other things that the council chairman has acquired properties all over the state and in Lagos State, allegedly with the councilâ€™s funds to the detriment of the local government.
Speaking on behalf of the group which called itself Esan Concerned Youths, the President, Prince Jacob Uzegbe, said they were at the Government House in appreciation of the good works of the state governor, Comrade Oshiomhole, to inform him of the alleged misappropriation of council funds by the Chairman, John Yakubu and the Vice Chairman, Israel Omorogbe
According to him, the Chairman has been celebrating that he cannot be removed from office because he has godfathers in Abuja and he has been buying properties all over the place.
He also disclosed that the council chairman has been depriving agents of the government in the internal revenue generation effort in the local government.
Also speaking, Prince Gregory Esegohi, called for the recall of the member of the State House of Assembly representing Esan North_East constituency who has refused to attend sittings thereby depriving the people of representation in the Assembly.
The Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. John Ejale, who addressed the protesters, said there are no godfathers as far as Edo state is concerned and he assured them that their letter of protest will be delivered to the state governor who will look into the merit of their protest..
On the recall of the member of the state house of Assembly, the Deputy Chief of Staff noted that since they are elected by the people, the people should lead in taking a decision.
The Esan Concerned Youths carried placards with various inscriptions such as , â€œ Save the people of Uromi, Uzea from godfatherâ€, â€œYakubu and Israel, Probe Esan North Eastâ€,Â â€œSave the People of Esan North EastÂ godfatherâ€ and Yakubu and Israel must goâ€.