By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FORMER Chief of Staff to the Edo State government and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Isaiah Osifo, has described the dissolution of the leadership of the 18 Local Government Councils in the state by Governor Adams Oshiomhole as total disregard for laws of Edo State and the constitution of the country.
Osifo who bared his mind while briefing newsmen in Benin, argued that the Governor subverted section 7 of the constitution which stated clearly the independence of Local Government councils, “forgetting that he came into office through the proclamation of the court.”
He said that “There is a subsisting interlocutory injunction by the Edo State High Court restraining Edo State House of Assembly from considering the clearance of Edo State governor’s nominees into the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, for the fact that the tenure of the occupiers of the office is statutorily protected by the laws of Edo State.
This interlocutory injunction of the High Court has not been vacated, yet the governor ignored the decision of the court and proceeded to inaugurate the board.”
The Edo South senatorial aspirant bemoaned the alleged non-compensation of people whose property were destroyed in the on-going expansion of roads and beautification projects of the state government.
He further urged the state government to make public the entitlement of the oil and gas derivation funds to Orhiomnwon, Ikpoba Okhai and Ovia North East Local Government Councils since November 2008 till date.