BENIN—THERE was tension, yesterday, at Oredo Local Government Area secretariat in Benin, Edo State, as suspected political thugs stormed the council to protect the council chairman, Mr. Osaro Obaze from allegedly being impeached by councillors.
However, the councilors, who had impeached the leader of the legislative arm, Mr. Monday Ebegbai and his deputy, Enshe Esobaifo last Thursday and elected Mr. Nohayi Obaseki as the new Leader of the House, denied allegation that they intended to impeach Obaze.
They said eight of the 12 councillors passed a vote of no confidence on the former leader due to his alleged high handedness and dictatorial tendencies.
However, the council boss, Mr. Obaze, who addressed newsmen yesterday, said he does not recognise any leadership change in the legislative arm.
He said: “The only person I know as the Leader is Monday Ebegbai and I am not aware of any problem that will warrant his impeachment.”
On the presence of thugs in the council, he said: “They are party youths who heard that I was to be impeached. They came on solidarity. But I have asked them to go that there is no cause for alarm.”
However, the newly elected Leader, Obaseki told newsmen “we made changes in the legislative arm on July 24. We are 12 councillors and the House rules states that two-thirds, meaning at least eight members, can move a motion for the impeachment of the Leader or Deputy Leader. And that was exactly what happened on that day.
“A motion was moved by Mr. Dan Ize-Iyamu, representing Ward 10 and seconded by Osayeni Ukato, the only Peoples Democratic Party, PDP councillor representing Ward 6.”