The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to stop depleting the treasu
ry of the Edo State Government each time they visit the state, with an aim to use it for their campaigns.
The party also came down heavily on the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, describing him as corrupt, financially reckless and wasteful.
The party, through its Edo State chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, stated these at Igboubazuwa, headquarters of Ovia South West Local Government Area of the state, during a rally organised to welcome defectors from the APC to the PDP.
Making statements concerning the sixth year anniversary celebration of the government of Governor Oshiomhole, Orbih displayed two Edo State Government vouchers with number EXT/GOV/GHSP/2441/14 and EXT/GOV/GHSP/2477/14, which he said were used to sign out the sum of N76 and N66 million respectively for the commissioning of projects on November 28 and 29, 2014.
“Governor Oshiomhole sat in his office and signed two vouchers to commission projects on 28th and 29th November, 2014. In those vouchers, it was written,”voucher to commission projects in Edo State by two eminent Nigerians, Retired General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.” In those vouchers, the sum of N76 and N66 million were signed away simply to cut tapes for projects that had earlier been commissioned”.
“How else do you define a thief and corrupt governor? How can a government sign away N142 million just for Buhari and Tinubu to come to cut a tape? Never before in the history of this state have we witnessed this level of fraud and misappropriation of public fund”.
“We are telling Buhari and Tinubu to stay away from Edo State because our accounts are usually emptied to rub their over-bloated ego. What they have shown is that they do not love Edo State,” Orbih declared.
He also spoke on the 2015 presidential election, noting that it was the responsibility of all sons and daughters of the South south geopolitical zone, irrespective of their political affiliation, to rally round President Goodluck Jonathan so that he would bring more development to the zone and the country at large.
But the the Commissioner for Information, Mr Louis Odion in the state, denied the PDP claims, saying they never expected that malice would push the PDP into forging vouchers to back their claims.
“With Comrade Adams Oshiomhole commissioning world class projects all over Edo State in the last two months, we knew PDP would be gnashing their deformed teeth in envy”.
“But we least expected that malice would push them into forging vouchers to back up a shameless lie in their evil desperation to tarnish Oshiomhole golden records”.
“But the Edo people are not deceived. They know that their governor is a very prudent man. The joke is on Edo PDP. Rather than show remorse by first apologising to Edo people for under-developing the state for 10 years, they have resorted to peddling fake vouchers for a transaction that existed in their crooked imagination”.
APC members who defected to the PDP at the rally included a former APC coordinator in the council, Comrade Richard Igorigo, Chief Richard Digho and an Ijaw youths leader, Samson Yanbor, who said he left the APC after one of the losers in the party’s House of Representatives primaries in Ovia Federal Constituency was made winner.
The PDP senatorial candidate in the Edo South, Pharmacist Matthew Urhoghide, PDP’s candidate for the Ovia Federal Constituency election, Omosede Igbinedion, and the party’s House of Assembly candidate, Hon Monday Aighobahi, were some of the PDP candidates that were present at the rally.
PDP leaders who attended the event included Senator Roland Owie, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Solomon Edebiri, Mr Chrsitopher Adesotu, Mr Chris Nehikhare among others among others.