More than six months into Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State second tenure when he was elected on September 19, 2020, during the gubernatorial election and later sworn in on November 12, same year, the long wait by all and sundry to constitute a proper executive cabinet is brewing concerns.
Flowing from the many worries, a front line activist, Chief Patrick Eholor has summoned the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to the Federal High Court, Benin Division, to explain why he has allegedly refused to conduct a properly constituted executive council, several months after.
In an Originating Summons, Eholor, through his counsel, TA Akahomen asked the Court to compel the Edo State Government and the Governor to explain if he is empowered to run the government without the appointment of Commissioners, and Statutory Board Members for State Corporations and Agencies.
Eholor in his views, sought an order for the governor to obey the constitution he swore to protect while resuming his second tenure in office as the democratically elected governor of the state, but not at his discretion.
While seeking the court to issue Mandatory Orders to compel the Governor to make the appointment, he argued that, it is more than six months after Governor Obaseki was sworn in on November 12, and commissioners according to the constitution, will help the governor organize effective governance.
He emphasized, the need to have an Attorney General and a Commissioner for Justice in his cabinet, a development he claimed, are very strategic to productive governance.
Chief Eholor, also known as the Ultimate Equals decried the development, saying that its very sad that Edo State is the only State in Nigeria without a State Executive Council.