Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on
Monday warned the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel
Igbinedion, to stop undermining state laws.
The Governor said this at the inauguration of 14
newly elected local government chairmen in Benin.
According to him, the government had the capacity
and the will to contain Igbinedion's excesses.
He also urged the state Independent Electoral
Commission to tender unreserved apology to the
people of the state for the lapses recorded in the
local government election held on Saturday.
He said, "There is evidence that he (Igbinedion) has
undermined the prosperity of the state for a very
long time. Those who live in glass houses do not
"I want to send a warning message to Chief
Igbinedion that he should take it easy; he has
acquired a lot of government land that the people
have not engaged him on. He walks as if he is
above the law.
He was a chief tax collector in this
state, pocketing 25 to 30 percent of every kobo that
accrued while his son was the Governor.
"I have not looked back because my mandate is to
look forward. I want to put him on notice that if he
continues with elderly rascality, I will bring him to
"He must never ever underestimate the fact that I
have the will and I have the capacity to deploy that
will; if he crosses the law, he will be cut to size.
"Elders must teach the younger ones to behave
He also lambasted Igbinedion over his alleged
conduct on election day on Saturday in Okada.
"You heard how he is using ITV in a very reckless
manner, in clear breach of the NBC code. He
reduced himself as a high chief, leaving where he is
registered to vote and going all the way to Okada
on a day movement was restricted across the state.
"He got to Okada and illegally used mobile
policemen to walk on the street; going to the police
station where sensitive election materials were
kept in order to vandalise the sensitive electoral
materials to ensure elections did not take place.
"If he misleads himself into believing that he has
the birthright to continue to appropriate and
privatise the resources of Edo State, he is living in a