By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, yesterday, described the dissolution of the leadership of the 18 Local Government Councils in the state by Governor Adams Oshiomhole as unconstitutional and urged the people of the state to resist it.
The Governor had in a letter to the state House of Assembly dated 20th October, 2010, sought for permission to dissolve the leadership of the councils whose tenure are supposed to expire on the 15th December, 2010, to complete their three years tenure.
Consequently, the House unanimously approved his request last Monday and the chairmen were immediately asked to hand over to the Heads of Service in their respective councils.
But faulting the dissolution, the PDP in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Okharedia Ihimekpen, barely 24 hours after the dissolution, pointed out that the dissolution of the councils truncated the supposed three years tenure of the elected chairmen and councillors of the 18 local government councils in the state, adding that the action amounted to a coup which must be condemned.
The statement alleged that “the governor’s unconstitutional dissolution of the councils ahead of its expiration time, is only to conscript the monthly allocations accrued to the respective councils for the months of October, November and December 2010 to himself.
The party is of the view that the hurriedly and unconstitutional dissolution of the councils is obviously not in the interest of the public but of the self-interest of the governor.
“That from the relevant laws, the constitutional tenure of the local government councils in Edo State is three years and that the councils’ tenure is expected to expire in December 2010 and not October 2010. We therefore call on all Edo citizens at home and in the Diaspora to condemn these chronicled constitutional breaches by Governor Oshiomhole,” it stated.