- A top leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Wilson Omene, has warned Governor Okowa not to joke with anti-grazing bill in the state
- Omene said Okowa should hands-off and allow the House to pass the grazing bill into the law
- Reports have it that lawmakers are very angry and have anonymously expressed misgivings over the bill that was just suddenly abandoned after second reading
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Wilson Omene, has said that Governor Okowa has failed by allegedly working against the passage of the grazing bill while herdsmen run riot in Delta.
Omene on Tuesday, June 27, warned the Delta state Governor Okowa to stop playing politics with the lives and property of Deltans.
Reports have it that the former Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council warned the governor to shun his alleged selfish second term bid.
Omene stated that Governor Okowa has failed by allegedly working against the passage of the grazing bill while herdsmen run riot in Delta.
''Okowa should hands-off and allow the House to pass the grazing bill,” he said.
NAIJ.com gathered that Dennis Out, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, has dismissed the claims that the speaker is being manipulated to kill the bill.
He said: ''The bill is in the Committee of the whole (hallowed chamber) after it successfully scaled through second reading and public hearing.
“The House members have amended it to section 8 and promised to continue on Section 9. The bill is on course and receiving adequate attention of the House.
“It’s not true that the lawmakers are being made to frustrate the bill. It is also not true that the Speaker is being manipulated by the Governor to kill the bill.
''This accusation is laughable and should not be taken seriously. The bill is on course and there is no cause for alarm over the bill.”
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the Delta state Anti-Grazing Bill inherited by the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Sheriff Oborrvwori is allegedly being thwarted by the Chairman of Delta State Advisory Council, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, a former minister of Information.
It was gathered that Prof. Oyovbaire is alleged to have convinced Delta state Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa that the bill may work against his second term bid since it’s a law to sack Fulani herdsmen, kinsmen of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
It is also gathered that lawmakers are very angry and have anonymously expressed misgivings over the bill which has already passed second reading but suddenly abandoned by the Speaker and some vested interests.
Meanwhle, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Ayo Fayose has followed his action with strong words to any herdsman caught grazing in Ekiti state with arms or any weapon.
Speaking shortly after signing a bill titled ‘Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016’, into law on Monday, August 29, Fayose said any herdsman caught grazing in the state with arms or in possession of any weapon will be charged with terrorism and prosecuted accordingly.
Watch this Video in which NAIJ.com goes to Southern Kaduna, where residents tell how herdsmen prevented them from getting Red Cross relief materials: