Agitation for the balancing of Edo political tripod with the return of Speakership of the State Assembly, took a twist on Tuesday, as traditional rulers from Akoko-Edo local Government Area of the State dissociated themselves from calls by some traditional rulers from Edo North and Edo Central senatorial districts for the return of the Speakership to Edo Central .
It would be recalled that the Otaru of Auchi, Haliru Momoh, had on 14 August, 2017, convened a meeting of traditional rulers from Edo North and Central senatorial districts and those from South senatorial districts, where they condemned the impeachment of Justin Okonoboh as Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the subsequent emergence of Kabiru Adjoto as the new Speaker.
Adjoto is from Akoko Edo, Edo North
They also called for the return of the Speakership of the Assembly to Edo Central senatorial district, to balance the political leadership equation of the state.
The removal of former Speaker Justin Okonoboh as Speaker of the Assembly, created imbalance in the State’s political tripod, as Edo South produces Godwin Godwin Obaseki, Edo North produces the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and the new Speaker
But the Akoko-Edo traditional rulers’ Council who were at the Edo State House of Assembly on a solidarity visit, noted that by the appointment of Adjoto as the new Speaker has broken the jinx for being the first Speaker from the locality.
They appreciated the legislators for their wise decision in selecting one of their kinsmen as Speaker.
Chairman of the traditional rulers’ Council and the Olokpe of Okpe, Eshimokhai Idogun III, who spoke for others, said Akoko-Edo which is the oldest local government in the country, had since the time of the defunct Midwest region, Bendel State to Edo State, had never produced a Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker or Deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly.
He said the emergence of the Kabiru Adjoto on August 14, 2017, following the impeachment of Justin Okonoboh as Speaker, has broken the jinx.
He said: “We are traditional rulers from Akoko-Edo, the local government of the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto. We are here for solidarity visit and to say that all the people of Akoko-Edo local government area are solidly behind him.
“We want to put on record that the Akoko-Edo traditional rulers do not recognized the so-called Edo North Traditional Council. There is no law establishing Edo North traditional council. Each council is autonomous and whatever might have transpired in any palace or council, we are not part of it. Therefore we have called here to pay a solidarity visit to the new speaker and to assure him that we are solidly behind him.”
Idogun who said the traditional rulers from Akoko-Edo were invited to the meeting that took place at the palace of Otaru of Auchi, pointed out that they were not subjects to any traditional ruler as they were autonomous.
He said the resolutions at the palace of Otaru of Auchi was null, void, unconstitutional and not bidding on them
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Somorika, Sule Idaiye, Imah IV, urged other traditional rulers in the State to concentrate on challenges that are confronting their various domains, instead of meddling in politics.
“We are traditional rulers and not Legislators. Any traditional ruler that wants to be a legislator should voluntarily resign his appointment and contest for election,” he added.
Responding, the Speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto, thanked the traditional rulers for the visit as well as appreciating members of the House, for deeming him worthy to be the Speaker of the House.
He assured that his leadership will collaborate with the Governor of the State to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of the state.