Normalcy has returned to the crisis ridden Oredo Local Government secretariat in Benin City, Edo State capital as a new Leader of the House, Nohayi Obaseki, was successfully sworn-in on Thursday.
It would be recalled that suspected political thugs on Thursday July 24, 2014, reportedly stormed secretariat and whisked away the mace, which is the symbol of authority in the legislative arm.Vanguard reports that the crisis rocking the council was resolved following the intervention of the state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
It was also reported on Wednesday July 30, 2014, that suspected political thugs invaded the same secretariat and dispersed the councilors who were in a seating to allegedly impeach the council chairman, Osaro Obaze.
It was reported that Obaze, while responding to the alleged impeachment move by the councilors, urged them to follow due process, adding that he decided to remain neutral in the matter since it was entirely an affair of the legislative arm of government.
It was gathered that Governor Oshiomhole after summoning the opposing parties, pleaded with the ousted Leader to embrace peace since majority of the councillors had passed a vote of no confidence on him. The governor said the former Leader would have asked his colleagues to give him the opportunity to resign his position after noticing that majority of them were against him instead of allowing himself to be impeached.
Oshiomhole advised that the newly sworn in Leader should ensure unity and peace in the council.
Responding, the newly sworn in leader, Obaseki, however, refuted report that they intended to impeach the Chairman.
“My duty is to carry my people along and I bear no grudge against anybody. I am going to work with the former leadership because we are all friends and brothers. I want to state categorically that it is not true that we want to impeach the Chairman” Obaseki said.