Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba
Some members of the legislative arm of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State have accused the Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Osanebi, of masterminding the lingering crisis in the local government council.
The councillors alleged that Osanebi, who represents Ndokwa East in this state house of assembly, of sponsoring the series of crisis between the council chairman, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah and a majority of members of the legislative arm of the council.
Twelve of the fifteen-member body purportedly sat and adopted a resolution to suspend the council chairman, Hon (Mrs) Nkechi Enumah-Chukwumah, for allegedly running the finances of the local government council secretly and awarding contracts without due process.
The combatant councillors had earlier announced the suspension of the three councillors who refused to join in the confrontation against the council chairman as they accused their colleagues of being willing tools in the hands of the state deputy speaker, Osanebi.
However, three dissenting councillors, who claimed due process was jettisoned in seeking the suspension of the chairman, had reportedly been suspended by their colleagues.
Minority Leader of the Legislative Arm, Mr. Godstime Egworabor who is still serving an indefinite suspension slammed on him since September, 2015, said it was procedurally and legislatively wrong to suspend the council chairman even before the legislative arm had deliberated on the income and expenditure statement its mandated the executive arm to prepare and submit to it.
Egworabor said that he had actually moved the motion asking for the statement on income and expenditure, but had to retrace his step by going against the same motion “when it became clear that the process had been hijacked by some external forces.”
He said it did not make sense to accuse a local council executive committee of financial impropriety in the light of the nation-wide financial crunch that had made even the payment of salaries difficult at all levels of government.
According to him, “If you look at the present economic situation, it is so bad that somebody will be talking about misappropriation. Where is the money coming from? Somebody is behind the present crisis, and I make bold to say that the venom, the crisis rocking the council is being orchestrated by the deputy speaker of the state house of assembly, tell them I said so, that Hon. Godstime Egworabor said so.”
Egworabor further said, “My last encounter with them last year showed that he has been playing negative role in the legislative arm, boasting that he has 70% of the lawmakers (of Ndokwa council). So, they (believe)can do anything; they can abuse the natural process and go scot-free.”