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Obudu Councilors in Slapping Match Over Largesse

Prince Ugar Andeshi, Leader, Obudu Legislative Council

Prince Ugar Andeshi, Leader, Obudu Legislative Council
Prince Ugar Andeshi, Leader, Obudu Legislative Council

by crossriverwatch admin

There was uproar in the Obudu legislative council on Thursday following a fight amongst the councilors as they disagreed over the sharing of largess given them by the council chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Ikwen.

Competent sources in the council told CrossRiverWatch that trouble started when the Leader of the Council’s legislature, Hon Ugar Andeshi allegedly refused to give Hon.Otogo Fidelis his allowance for the period he served as the deputy leader following his election into the position to replace Hon. Martin Orim who was sacked on the instructions of the council chairman.

“The party asked us to maintain the status quo, that is, the Deputy Leader who was sacked should be returned to office while Hon. Otogo who was elected to replace him should resign and the man did that but he had served as deputy leader for the month of May and thus entitled to his full allowance as Deputy Leader for that month and ought to be paid”. Our source said

Our source explained that, the Leader refused to pay Otogo his allowance on the grounds that his election was not recognized so the money should be shared among the other six leaders “They said Professor Ayade gave us six million Naira to share, so Otogo should not be given the allowance since it came from the council chairman, as if they were the cashiers through whom Prof. gave us the money”.

The argument over the allowance led to an uproar amongst the councilors in the leaders’ office and Hon Otogo Fidelis allegedly slapped the Majority Leader Mrs. Rose Abua of Utugwang Central in the presence of the Leader, Prince Ugar Andeshi.

In his reaction, the Leader of the House told CrossRiverWatch that, “It was a fight between Hon. Rose and Otogo who are both from the Otugwang axis. It was Otogo who slapped Rose and I was not part of it. We shall deliberate on it on Monday and any one found guilty would be sanctioned.”

The matter was reported at the Obudu police station where two councilors were briefly detained behind the counter and later released.

The Obudu Divisional Police Officer, DPO told CrossRiverWatch that, “It was a family affair. The councilors were invited to my office and we assisted them in resolving the matter and they went back to their office. There is no problem”.

It will be recalled that the Obudu council Executive and some members of the legislature have been up in arms against each other following Hon. Ikwen’s botched plans to return as Chairman.

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