Law enforcementagents were back at the premises of the secretariat of Oredo Local Council in Edo State this morning (monday) to prevent the power tussle between the acting chairman and leader of the legislature from degenerating into violence.
The agents were also on hand last week when the legislature announced the removal of the chairman, an action that saw supporters trooping to the secretariat in solidarity with their own.
Leader of the legislative arm, Hon Ernest Edebiri leading nine other lawmakers last week, passed a resolution suspending the council chairman, Mrs Sweet Ikpenwosa, ‎from office.
He said the council had not been operating optimally, accusing the chairman of administrative incompetence and that at plenary the acting chairman was suspended from office.
He said “the situation is pathetic. The suspension order is binding pending the ratification of our decision from the Edo State House of Assembly.”
However, Mrs Ikpenwosa who said she had been ‎carrying out her normal duties with due process, expressed shock at the action of the lawmakers, arguing that they lacked the authority to suspend her.
“They cannot suspend me. They do not have the powers to suspend me from office. Only the state House of Assembly can do so.”
The incident has also led to hundreds of workers from the council protesting what they called refusal of the council to pay their nine months salaries arrears.
Mrs Ikpenwosa took office in October 2015 in acting capacity, after the state assembly suspended the elected chairman, Mr Osaro Obaze, over the council’s inability to pay workers’ salaries and allegations of diverting public funds.
Though Obaze’s suspension for two months expired in December 2015 after the state assembly concluded its investigations and passed a clean bill of health on him, he was not asked to resume office.

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