Edo lawmaker’s kidnap delays submission of commissioners’ list
BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—THERE is political tension in Edo State as the abduction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Assembly member, representing Esan Central constituency, Mr. Victor Edora, continued to delay the submission of list of commissioners to the House by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The lawmaker was abducted, Sunday, by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, when he visited his constituency for a meeting.
Vanguard learnt that the commissioner nominees, were supposed to have been screened this week to enable them commence work next week, but the abduction of the lawmaker forced the House to suspend sitting until he was found.
It was gathered that over 50 per cent of the former commissioners may be retained in the new cabinet. It was also learnt that Oshiomhole decided to bring in few new commissioners so as not to experiment in his second term.
It was further learnt that the governor had gathered reliable hands for the ministries of Environment, Works, Education and Agriculture. It was learnt that the governor intends to invest in agriculture in this second term to check the unemployment problem in the state.
However, the delay in the submission of the list has further heightened tension in some local government areas, following feelers that some leaders of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, may substitute some nominees with the names of their preferred candidates.