Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has slammed the State House of Assembly for directing the chairmen of the 18 local government area of the State whose three years tenure years tenure expires today, to hand over to the Heads of Service in the councils.
Oshiomhole in a letter described the resolution passed by the State Assembly as inappropriate and unacceptable.
The letter reads: “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.”
It will be recalled that the House had, on April 18, 2016, passed a resolution directing the chairmen of the councils to hand over administration to their respective Heads of local government at the expiration of their three years tenure today.
Contributing on the floor of the House yesterday, the member representing Akoko Edo constituency 1, Kabiru Adjoto, insisted that the resolution of the House was in order, saying: “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 Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon, be invited to explain why he has misinformed the governor on constitutional matter.”