By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has described as blackmail and misleading the letter written by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State to the state House of Assembly, asking the House to expedite action on the clearance of the nominees for the state Universal Basic Education (UBE) board.
The party noted in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Francis Iyasere, that governance was anchored on the rule of law, and added that the unilateral dissolution of the UBE board by the governor was a clear violation of the laws and constitution of the state.
According to the party,Â it will be wrong for the House to clear the nominees when the matter is still in court.
It would be recalled that the governor had appealed to the House in a letter addressed to the Speaker, Mr. Zakawanu Garuba, to expedite action on the clearance of the nominees in order to commence the UBE programme in the state.
Though members of the dissolved board went to court, Vanguard learnt that the governorâ€™s argument was that when Professor Oserhiemen Osunbor got into power, he dissolved the board that was set up by the then Governor Lucky Igbinedion and the board members went to court challenging the dissolution.
But when Professor Osunbor submitted the list of the nominees, the House approved it in spite of the fact that the matter was in court.
Therefore, Governor Oshiomhole wondered why the House could not do the same now that he is in power.
However ,the PDP statement recalled that the House hadÂ “earlier passed a resolutionN on this subject, directing the governor to allow the rule of law to prevail with the assumption of duties by members of the board.
The decision of the governor to disregard the resolution of the House on this subject matter led the Board members to seek judicial interpretation as to whether the governor has the constitutional powers to unilaterally dissolve the state UBE Board.
â€œ The House should not be swayed by any form of blackmail or propaganda by self serving political gladiators.
â€œThe interest of the government is to grab the five billion naira in the coffers of the UBE Board, not minding whether the rule of law which brought him to government is thrown into the dust binâ€ it stated.