Oshiomhole challenges minister on N2.6billion contract

GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday, alleged that the Minister of Works, Architect Mike Onolemenmen, awarded N2.6bn road contract in Uromi, Edo State which  nobody could see.

Disclosing this in a rally at Egor, Benin City, where he officially received a former presidential aide, Prof.Julius Ihonvbere, into the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the governor asserted that “the godfather and the godson got  the FEC into awarding a N2.6bn for a road contract that nobody sees in Uromi”.

“I am inviting the President to come and flag off the construction of that road so he can see that the road does not exist, “he added.

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The governor posited that rather than campaign and tell the people of the state their plans for the development of the state, “the PDP leaders in Edo Central and Edo North were busy buying voters cards. As we speak, five of them have been charged to court on account of buying voters cards. Now that the PDP people have been caught red handed, we want to see what punishment INEC and Jega will mete out to these people.”

He  accused the PDP candidate, Gen.Charles Airhiavbere, of ignorance of events in the state. “The  man does not even know the state he wants to govern. He said he will pay salary arrears. Is there any worker we are owing in Edo State?”

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National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bola Tinubu, who addressed the rally, urged people of the state to sustain the development strides in the state.

Other ACN leaders who spoke on the occasion were Governors Ibikunle Amosun of  Ogun State and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Meanwhile, Ihonvbere, an erstwhile Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Policy and Strategy and  a former governorship  aspirant of the PDP, said the PDP in Edo represents “oppression, intimidation, repression, retrogression and decay”.

He said he is an old boy of Edo College and had to spend his personal resources  to work on the roof and equip the computer laboratory of the school which was left to rot for years by the PDP, but which has now been rehabilitated by the ACN, saying “go there now and see what Oshiomhole is doing”.

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