The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) recently won the council polls in 17 local government areas out of the existing LGAs in Edo State, while the result of one LGA is yet to be announced.
The Executive Director on Protocol to Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as incompetent and a failure
Comrade Akhigbe John Osi,who disclosed this to newsmen in Benin, said the PDP did not prepare for the local government election and could have not won even if they were ready for it, because the people have no confidence in them.
“Even in my local government, Estako Central local government, where the PDP chairman is from, was won by ACN, despite the plan of PDP to jeopardise the system before the election.’’
The 14 local government areas won by ACN were include Akoko Estako West, Estako West Central, Estako East, Egor, Ovia South West and Ovia North East. Others are Iguebe, Uhumuwonde Orhionmwon, Esan Central Owan East.
Inaugurating the newly elected local government chairmen, the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, challenged them to work within the rule of law adding that anyone caught would face the full weight of the law.
Governor Oshiomhole, who reminded the chairmen and the people of Edo State to understand that ACN want to end the bad tradition which PDP used to govern Edo people in the past.
His words, “it is not right for the women to cast their votes in your favour but when you win they will not see you any more, we do not want that, as you need to justify the confidence they repose in you, and I have no doubt you will do that.
The Comrade Governor warned that they should stop the habit of the PDP of moving around with no just course, said if any of the chairman found in Benin the state capital during the working day without necessary reason when you are not invited for a meeting you would be in trouble.
Governor Oshiomohle said the number two things they must put in place is issue of selection of appointment for the women, you must respect the right of the minority , and the election I witnessed the women has the highest votes and in making appointment you must ensure the gender balance.
He said “ I will monitor very closely how you appoint Supervisor and your personal aids in your local government because is not right to see on election day to see women suffer on the queue to vote and after the election is only men parading themselves in the government .
Our new procurement law to guide you, so you will not found wanting, because this not a matter of friend but that of law, so if you breach the law, you will be sent to prison.
As we want you to follow our open door policies, let the people know what we are doing because the fear of the electorate is beginning of wisdom once you do these you be at the top.
Oshiomohle also articulated the major challenges before the newly chairman said they must make sure the people keep all the sheet clean, market must be clean , you should ensure you monitor the contractor you give to clean up the market if they fail you will be in trouble.
Oshiomohle who on Monday sounded his note of warning to the Esama of Benin Chief Gabriel Igbinedion to stop undermining state law.
As “there is evidence to show that Igbinedion has undermined the State law over the time, that he should understand that those who live in glasses houses do not throw stone.
“Let me send a warning to Chief Igbinedion that he should take it easy: since he has acquired a lot of government lands that the people have not engaged him on it. He was chosen to be Chief Tax collect in this state which they pocketing 25 to 30 percent of every kobo that accrued while his son Lucky was the Governor.
Speaking on the same vain the State Commissioner for Land and survey Barrister. Donald Osikhena Boih said the issue of land has receiving more attention that deserves more ever in Edo State, as we much concerned about proper documentation of our properties especially when I assumed as the Commissioner in the ministry”.
Adding that the people should always assure they follow the proper way to acquire land since the time of do what you wish is over in the state.
Our mandate is to manage all the government lands to ensure that nobody taking over government property legally for instance that of Ikpoba hill which we just recovered in the dispute between state government and federal.
In separate interview with some of the newly council chairman promised to give their best to the pole of Local Government.
According to the new council chairman of Estako East Local Government Hon. Suleiman Afegbua, promised to take transparency and accountably as his watch word. “I believed in my people and they also believe in me, as they will not be disappointed for this confidence they pose in us.
As some people in politics use to promise what they cannot do, but if one is transparent to his people they will tell you what their problems are, as you all know that Comrade Governor has been able to transformed Edo State with open door policy, which I believe every one of us will be able to abide.
Also speaking at the event Hon. Barrister Hassan Kadir who is the newly elected chairman of Estako West Local Government, thanked the people of Edo State and his Local Government for the confidence in them and Governor Adams Oshiomohle, as he has once again proven that the people are capable to choose who to be their chairman.
Mr. Kadiri also called the good people of Estako West to support him to give his best to the people, as executive chairman of the local government of Governor I know we have enormous, task and responsibility ahead of us to complement the good work of the Comrade Governor and to prove that governance is about people he said.
However the People Democratic Party (PDP) Chairmen of the State Chief Dan Orbih who lost his Local Government to the Action Congress of Nigeria ACN but won his ward have rejected the result declared so far and termed the inauguration of the 14 Chairmen of Local Government as illegal.
Speaking with the newsmen in Benin Orbih said” after due consideration with stakeholders from other parties we will not accept the results that announced because the election were inconclusive.