OLEH—MAJORITY Leader of Isoko North Local Government Council legislative arm, Delta State, Mr. Alex Okathe, and his deputy, Mr. Ighogboja Imuoma, have been removed from office for alleged unruly behaviour and disobedience to the constituted authorities of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the area. This came as Burutu Legislative Arm summoned the chairman of the council, Chief Ebikeme Clark, to appear before it on October 6, to explain the council’s monthly statutory financial allocation and expenditure from his assumption of office to date.
The Isoko North majority leader and his deputy, Vanguard gathered, were relieved of their duties, following a letter brought before the House by the leadership of the party in the council area, demanding the removal of the duo. The letter said to have been signed by the party’s Chairman, Mr. Daniel Tutumor, and Secretary, Mr. Peter Ashaka, also accused them of lack of respect for the party’s constitution.
But Okathe, in his reaction, insisted that they were not removed, saying: “When the Clerk of the House read the letter, there was an argument as to whether to move a motion to adopt it or not, and there was disorderliness. Nobody discussed the letter and then we adjourned indefinitely.”
He alleged that his problems emanated from a motion he had moved two weeks ago against the failure of the council chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Egbabor, to render account of income and expenditure since the inception of the administration, and a motion against a backdated bill on Internally Generated Revenue the council chairman had proposed.
In a related development, the Burutu legislative arm has summoned the Chairman of the council, Chief Ebikeme Clark, to appear before it on Tuesday to explain the council’s monthly statutory financial allocation, and expenditure since his assumption of office to date.
The House which reached the decision at plenary, also impeached the Deputy Leader, Godspower Akiefa, for divulging official matters. The impeachment motion was moved by Doti Government, and seconded by Asiyai Richard, and was adopted by the House. The House nominated Nathan Tubotu, as the new Deputy Leader, following a motion by William Elagha, and seconded by Trust Edumogiren.