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APC slams Obaseki, says it’s not yet time for self-glorification

The party reacted to the governor’s lecture delivered at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, on Tuesday.

• March 23, 2022
Edo governor Godwin Obaseki
Edo governor Godwin Obaseki [Photo credit: Premium Times]

Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed Governor Godwin Obaseki, asking him to concentrate on fulfilling his re-election campaign promises to the people rather than indulging in self-adulation.

In a statement signed by one of its spokespersons, Victor Osehobo, the party alleged that Edo people were worried about the feedback of chest beating by Mr Obaseki that his administration in the last six years had done exceedingly well.

The party reacted to the governor’s lecture delivered at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, on Tuesday, where he reportedly referred to himself as a successful administrator.

Mr Osehobo, however, said the truth remained that the significant pillars of Mr Obaseki’s administration, including the signing of frivolous MoUs and partnerships with all-comers, were not working.

“As it has become customary for Governor Obaseki to travel to Lagos periodically to whitewash his administration, we owe it to posterity to let the governor know our candid assessment.

“The government entered its fifth year in office with an unattainable MEGA (Make Edo Great Again) theme that will focus on how to use governance to support Edo people, creating an enabling business environment so that Edo people can do their business without being harassed.

“But the reverse is the case. Official thugs are all over Edo, harassing innocent citizens, all in the name of collecting taxes.

“As it stands today, the average Edo person is tired of the Obaseki-led PDP government because of its failed promises, multiple taxations, including promotion of street trading with daily levies of all actors and others.

“Edo state debt has more than doubled on the domestic front while on the international scene the state under Gov. Obaseki has been turned into the most foreign indebted in the country.”

The spokesperson also alleged that public schools in the state have no teachers. 

At the same time, many of them lack basic materials like desks and chairs as government bandies its failed hype of an education programme it calls EdoBEST, he added.


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