BENIN — CONFUSION continues to trail last Monday’s dissolution of caretaker committees in the 18 local government councils of Edo State by the state House of Assembly.

After the announcement of the dissolution, Governor Adams Oshiomhole met with the council chairmen last Wednesday, disclosing that he was yet to receive the resolution of the House.

Following that comment, some of the council chairmen went back to their domain with their supporters jubilating that they were asked by the governor to continue in office, while some of them refrained following the resolution of the House.

Vanguard, however, observed that the governor did not specifically ask the council chairmen to go back to work as claimed by some of them, but only explained that he was yet to receive the resolution of the House.

However, the situation gave impression that there was conflict between the executive and state legislators.

But Vanguard learnt that the governor doused the tension, weekend, when he met with the leadership of the House on the issue and as it seems, the caretaker chairmen have been sacked as resolved by the lawmakers.

Reacting to the matter, former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly and Special Adviser to the Governor on Legislative Matters, Omo Ezomo, said there was no conflict between the two arms of government in the state, adding that “the executive and the legislature have been working harmoniously and that was the reason for the progress we have made in the state.”

He said: “There is no confusion between what the governor said and the lawmakers’ resolution. There are procedures of doing things like this and that is what the governor and the lawmakers are following.

“We should all ensure that the harmonious relationship between the two continues to exist and not trying to create tension where there is none.”


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