“Media aides to Governor Godwin Obaseki have perfected plans to dupe the state and the government”, the Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, alleges on Saturday.
The party was responding to a report that alleged a plan by the main opposition chairman’s plan to continuously sponsor attacks on the state governor.
A report had alleged that South-South and Southeast governors had given Edo PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih N800m to wage a media war against Godwin Obaseki and his administration in Edo State.
The report also stated that Chief Orbih is using part of the money to continue work in his sixty room hotel along Adesuwa road in Benin.
But PDP described the statement as unserious, unimaginative, desperate, clueless and visionless, warning that Edo people may be defrauded by Obaseki’s aides up to the tune of N300m in a non-existent media war.
Explaining, the PDP, through the state Publicity Secretary Mr Chris Nehikhare said “For the avoidance of doubt, Edo PDP or Chief Dan Orbih did not receive and does not need N800m from any governor to wage or intensify media war against Edo State government or any purpose whatsoever.
“The incompetence, lack of leadership and sincerity been exhibited by EDSG is the reason for the bad press they are getting. They are unable to account for rice, vegetable oil and used shoes given to them in trust for the North East IDPs in the state. They boasted of setting up model farms across the state using Sobe as a demonstration site, but failed woefully. Tayo Akpata University of Education exists only in name and to make matters worse, they say human trafficking and prostitution is part of our culture.
“In nearly ten years in power, this government was not able to build or equip or even rehabilitate a single hospital in the state. In their glaring ignorance and misplaced arrogance, EDSG credited ownership of the building along Adesuwa Road to Chief Dan Orbih and referred to it as a sixty-room hotel. That building belongs to Dr. Ehigiamusoe, chief executive of LAPO and it is a medical diagnostic center. He identified government’s failure in the health sector, he identified the sufferings of Edo people in the hands of this clueless and hapless government in regards to the provision of health facilities. He decided to intervene!
“Edo state government and its spin doctors have sunk to a new low. They now concoct stories in a shameless manner to elicit sympathy from the good people of Edo state. Edo people are wiser now. They cannot be fooled. However, if governor Obaseki is man enough to apologize for the “misappropriated” rice, his government may get some reprieve.”