By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Edo state House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to stop the proposed ceding of Uhunmwonde and Orhionmwon Local Government Councils of Edo South senatorial district to Edo Central senatorial district.
The House argued that the Bini of Uhunmwonde and Orhionmwon enjoyed the same historical antecedents, cultural homogeneity and geographic affinity. ThereforeÂ they would be like strangers if they are ceded to the Esan area who are already in the majority with four Local Government councils and with a different cultural background.
It would be recalled that the Benin monarch through the Benin Forum, an umbrella of all Bini, had described the proposed merger as provocative, just as it warned that no land belonging to the Oba would be ceded to any foreign land no matter the circumstances.
The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Mr Uwamose Amadasun (Uhumnwonde) and Ikponmwonsa Ogbeiwi (Orhionmwon).
The lawmakers recalled the crisis in Jos, Plateau State and warned against taking decisions that would plunge the state into community crisis and asserted that â€œthe INEC decision was unwise, unacceptable and an attempt to cause crisis among our people.â€
The Deputy Speaker of the House, who presided at plenary, recalled that the Esan leaders from the Central Senatorial district had earlier opposed the proposed merger through an advertorial and wondered why the INEC would want to cause disaffection in the state with the delineation exercise.
He declared therefore that â€œthe proposed merger of the two local governments is a marriage of inconvenience that would not work. INEC must thread with caution because we do not want unnecessary crisis in the state.â€