By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to begin the process to recall the elected member, presenting Ovia North East Constituency II in the State Assembly, Mr. Vincent Uwadiae.
Leaders of the party which derived their strength from the relevant Sections of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended, took the decision at an enlarged meeting of the party in the Local Government area.
The group had suspended indefinitely, the embattled member-elect for “flouting party rules, decisions, and for engaging in dishonest practices as well as absent from meetings to which he was invited without reasonable cause”.
The party said “there is now an urgent need to ensure adequate representation for all seven wards of Ovia North East Constituency 2 to ensure equitable development along with others.
Uwadiae, a member of the APC and some members-elect had stained away from sitting since its inauguration on June 17 over alleged procedural breach.
The punitive measure was part of the resolutions reached by the executive members of APC in his constituent dated October 30th 2019 and addressed to the State Chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua.
According to the resolutions endorsed by Jester Edoseghe, chairman of APC, Okada East ward 2 and 25 other exco members, the leaders said Uwadiae ignored the right to fair hearing when he was invited for a general meeting on October 13, 2019.
Part of the resolution reads that: “whereas, during the said meeting, the Honourable Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Monday Osaigbovo was mandated call Mr. Vincent Uwadia on phone to remind him of the meeting, but he refused to honour the invitation.
“His refusal is an expression of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of Ovia North east local government and Okada East in particular”, the resolution said.