By Lambo Nnodi in Benin
The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Kabiru Adjoto, has been called upon to vacate his seat as the Speaker of the house for allegedly breaching the principle of federal character.
The e Coalition of Esan Youth Leaders which made the call comprises of political leaders, social, cultural and student groups from Edo Central senatorial District, said his resignation will pave way for political balancing with other senatorial districts adding that Adjoto’s continue stay has altered the political tripod in the state.
Today, Governor Godwin Obaseki is (Edo South), Hon Phillip Shaibu and the Speaker Hon Kabiru Adjoto, are both from Edo North while Edo State Central is left out in the political sharing of key positions.
In the letter calling for Adjoto’s resignation, they harped their reasons on the need for political balancing among the senatorial districts in the state noting that the obvious marginalization of Esan people since 2008 must be addressed in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity.
The declaration which was signed by the leaders of the coalition, Mr Odion Ekeoba, the Secretary General of the Coalition, Saint Moses Eromosele, and the Public Relations Manager of the Coalition, Mr Kingsley Ohens and made available to newsmen in Benin City, Edo State, also appealed to the state government to grant eight demands for them.
Their demands includes:
“The resignation of Rt. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto and reinstatement of Dr Justin Okonoboh – or any legislator from Edo Central District of Edo State as Hon Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly within 21 days.
“We demand that the ratio employment and appointments in the Edo State civil service be investigated for failure to meet quota system or principle of federal character and let any anomaly be reviewed to reflect proportional representation of Esan people in the Edo State civil service, both in the lower and higher cadres.
“We appeal that the Edo State Government should urgently consider developing the Ilushi River Port at Esan South East, even as the Niger River is currently undergoing dredging by the federal government, which project holds enormous economic potentials for Edo State and also for the District.
The aggrieved Esan Coalition also alleged that several attempts made to submit the petition to the Speaker by the petitioners had been rebuffed by his staff.