The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State Chief Orbih has accused Comrade Adams Oshiomole and current governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki of diverting public fund meant to revamp a hospital for personal use.
Orbih disclosed this during the recent grand finale of a seven day “PDP Meet the People Tour” (PMPT) in Abudu and Oredo which covered the eighteen local government areas in the State.
Orbih stated that “Adams Oshiomhole as governor and Obaseki as head of economic team, moved money (virement) budgeted for the equipping and completion of the Accident and Emergency ward to build and equip a specialist hospital in their university in Iyamoh.”
The PDP Chairman equally linked the inability of the state government and the APC led federal government to provide jobs for her teeming youth population as the reason why many leave the state for Libya.
He challenged the idea of Governor Obaseki’s administration in turning Edo line into a mechanic workshop, saying “the state government could have easily created a mechanic village elsewhere.”
The Chairman also lamented the shutdown of Bendel Brewery which he said could have created jobs for Edo youths.
According to Orbih :”How can they create jobs, when Edo line that was a major employer of labour was shut down and its facility turned into a mechanic workshop.
“Obaseki could have created a mechanic village if job creation was a priority to his government. If Governor Obaseki cared, he would not have killed Bendel Brewery in collaboration with Adams Oshiomhole.
“How can they create Jobs, when they shut down College of Education Ekiadolor, sacked all its staff, teaching and non teaching and created a ‘Sign-board’ University in its place.
“How can they create jobs, when money meant to equip and kick start the Accident and Emergency ward of central hospital Benin was diverted to build their private university in Iyamoh.”
“How can they create jobs, when the college of agriculture Iguoriakhi is closed; College of Education Igueben, unfunded; School of Nursing unaccredited and closed down; AAU abandoned and Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, burdened with 12 months unpaid salaries. They cannot create jobs, when there are more cows in primary schools, than there are teachers”.
Orbih however promised a better and more fulfilling life for Edo youths and all Edo people when the PDP finally returns to power in 2019.
In his words: “To change the tide, party stakeholders must work as one and as well sensitize those who are yet to register for the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration.”
Speaking on the forthcoming local government election in the state, Chief Orbih reiterated that PDP’s position not to participate in the poll has not changed.
He however lamented the presence and attitude of dishonorable men in government and even heading the government party whose defense for the shortcomings of their incompetence is to blame PDP.
He scoffed at their weather beaten lines of pointing at PDP, even when the rot they point at occurred when they served as Commissioners, Deputy Chief of Staff, Chairmen of Boards and Parastatals and special advisers under the PDP they now vilify.
He said: “They have no moral justification to criticize the party as they were the architects of the problems if really there is a problem.
“Those in Igarra, Auchi, Agenebode, Fugar, Sabo and Afuze are feeling the pains inflicted by the incompetence of APC led government.
“The people of Uromi, Igueben, Ubiaja, Irrua and Ekpoma are demanding inclusiveness in the building of infrastructure and respect for their traditional institutions.
“The peace loving and accommodating people of Ehor, Iguobazuwa, Okada, Egor, Abudu, Ologbo and Oredo demand an effective and responsive government. They want their son not just to be in government, but to be in power.”