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Edo Councillors Accused of Taking Bribe To Suspend Chairman

Posted: Sep 7, 2015 at 1:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo,  Benin

The political disagreement in Ovia-South West Local Government Area of Edo State took a dramatic turn at the weekend as reports emerged on how the councillors who purportedly raised the motion for the suspension of the council chairman, Morrison Ogunrobo-Ovia, were financially induced to the tune of N2.5 million by those plotting his removal.

This is coming just as armed policemen were deployed to Iguabazuwa, the council headquarters, by the Edo State police command, to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the council.

The LG boss who at a press conference weekend described his alleged suspension as illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect, said the councillors are playing a script written by fifth columnists.

An official of the Council who pleaded anonymity said the money was rooted to the councilors through one of the political leaders in the Council who are bent on stopping the second term ambition of the embattled Chairman.

The official disclosed that the leaders through the councilors are very determined on removing the chairman and the secretary over the N13.5M allegedly embezzled which the chairman has consistently denied.

Meanwhile, reports had it that loyalists to the two opposing groups are spoiling for war at Iguobazua, the Council’s administrative headquarter following threats to stop the chairman from resuming his official duties today (Monday) thereby prompting the deployment of anti riot policemen to the council by the state police commissioner.

Ogunrobo-Ovia, who had consistently referring the warring councilors

to a session of the constitution, stated “section 19 (9) states that the holder of the office (of chairman) under investigation shall not be suspended within the period of the investigation,” just as he insisted that he is still in charge as the elected chief executive officer of the local government area.

He stated that it was unfortunate that “this same local government as I assumed office two years and some months ago that has not been found wanting in anyway”, yet some people want to seize the opportunity to pull it down despite the glaring developmental strides that cut across all the ten wards of the council since the past two years and several months of the administration.