By SimonÂ Ebegbulem
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has commended members of the House of Representatives for throwing out a motion sponsored by six lawmakers from the state in which theyÂ urged the House to declare as illegal, null and void the removal of the chairmen of Akoko Edo and Orhionmwon Local Government Councils, Johnson Emasealu and Patrick Aisien respectively,Â by the governor.
Six loyalists of Chief Tony Anenih in the House of Representatives, led byÂ Tunde Akogun, had, last Thursday, sponsored a motion calling on the House to declare the suspension of the chairmen by Oshiomhiole as illegal.
However, two House members from the state, Messrs Patrick Obahiagbon and Ehiogie West-Idahosa, abstained from the motion. Due to the seeming closeness between the duo andÂ Oshiomhole, they fell out withÂ Anenih, who regarded them as dissident members of the PDP in the state.
The motion was however unanimously reject by the House, after they declared that the matter was an internal affair ofÂ Edo State House of Assembly and not theÂ House of Representatives.
The Governor, who spoke during the swearing-in of the acting chairmen for the councils, said: â€œLet me use this opportunity to comment on what I believe some of you might have watched on the proceedings at the House of Representatives in Abuja . We saw a dying godfather mobilizing completely disillusioned followers as few as they are, beneficiaries of his weakened machinery to sponsor a motion through the House of Reps for it to condemn the suspension of the chairmen.â€
Oshiomhole wondered why they went through the House of Representatives rather than the state House of Assembly which had the mandate to look into such matters, arguing, â€œThe right thing to have been done was to run to the state House of Assembly, but they couldnâ€™t do that, because, you know, no condition is permanent. The situation in the House is not as it used to be.â€