Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the Edo State House of Assembly are in disagreement over who should, or can necessitate a change in the chairmanship position at the local governments in the state.
As the three-year tenure of the local government chairmen expired on Thursday, April 21, 2016, the state House of Assembly directed them to hand over to the Heads of Service in the councils.
But this did not go down well with Governor Oshiomhole who stated that the lawmakers were acting beyond their purview, as he had already directed the chairmen to submit their handing over notes to his office.
But the lawmakers disagreed, stating that they acted well within their constitutional powers.
The governor in a letter to the Assembly members, said “My attention has been drawn to the resolution of the House asking council chairmen to hand over administration on April 21, 2016. The resolution is a usurpation of the powers of the executive. The House does not have the power to give such directives
“I have already directed the council chairmen to submit their handing over note and transmit same to the office of the governor.”
Reacting, on Wednesday on the floor of the House, member representing Akoko Edo constituency 1, Kabiru Adjoto, insisted that the resolution of the House was in order.
He said, “Mr Speaker, I want to state clearly that the House has the powers to make laws for the state and any other matter not included in the exclusive list
“We did not dissolve the councils. What we did was to remind them that their tenure expires on April 21, 2016 and directed them to hand over administration to their various heads of councils as there can be no vacuum in government. I want to move that the Attoney General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon, be invited to explain why he has misinformed the governor on constitutional matter”, he said.
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