FG’s N2.4bn Water Project in Edo fraudulent- Oshiomhole
BENIN CITY – Governor Adams Oshiomhole has challenged the Federal Government to show the people of Edo Central where its N2.4 billion water project is sited, saying even when the PDP Federal Government claims the project has been completed and commissioned, the local people still can’t get potable water.
Speaking at Uromi during the campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Edo Central, Oshiomhole said “the problem we have today is that in the books of Abuja, PDP says they have brought water to Esanland. If you ask the Onojie of Ugboha, the Onojie of Uromi and all the other Onojies in Esanland, they will tell you that there is no water in Esanland. They came to my office and said they are not going to allow the Vice President to come.”
Speaking to the mammoth crowd at the rally, Governor Oshiomhole queried the People’s Democratic Party-led Federal Government’s claim of completion of a N2.4 billion Esan Water Project maintaining that no such project was executed in the area.
“For 16 years, year after year, PDP keep promising they will give us power yet no power. APC State Government gave you transformers but you still don’t have light because transmission and generation which is required for the transformers to produce light have been sold by PDP Federal Government to their relatives.”
Oshiomhole maintained, “PDP have failed the nation. Instead of light, they produce darkness. They couldn’t produce jobs hence millions of Nigerians are unemployed and there is no light, industries cannot function. Are we going to allow them remain?
Oshiomhole added, “PDP brought kidnapping to Nigeria. Are we going to fold our hands till they kidnap us all? Today we are told that part of Nigeria is occupied by insurgents. What is insurgent? Where they sleeping? They took one local government, two local governments, three local governments and they couldn’t respond to the extent they took the village of the Chief of Defense Staff.
“This is a serious issue. When the righteous rule, the people rejoice but when the wicked are in power, the people perish. If you do not have light, do you need any other evidence to know that they are not righteous? So I want you to go back to your various destinations and take time to evaluate the performance of PDP in the past 16years”.
Oshiomhole said, “Nigeria at this stage need fighters to drive the required changes. We need a man of courage. It is not about who have more money, it is about who have clean hearts, who have more determination, who will fight for the people and General Muhammadu Buhari is the man to bring about these needed changes.
“They say General Buhari has no money but look at it critically, a man who was once Head of State, a man who was once Chairman of PTF, he rose to become Minister of Petroleum and was once a military governor, yet they say he has no money. Is that not clear evidence that he is not corrupt?
“How come those that are Head of State for few years have billions of naira yet the one that has been Head of State, Military Governor, Minister and General has no money. That shows that Buhari is the man who can fight corruption in Nigeria and if you don’t fight against corruption, our youths will have no future and our people will never have light because the money for light have been stolen by them.
Oshiomhole said the Edo State government will make available the sum of N20 million for the reconstruction of the Uromi Market which was razed by fire recently.
He said, “I am on my way from Ubiaja for the APC rally and I felt the need to see for myself the extent of damage by the fire outbreak in this market recently. We do not know those responsible for this devilish act but God is on his throne watching every one of us.
“Just to say that government is aware of the huge financial loss by the traders. The essence of governance is the provision of welfare and ameliorating the sufferings of the people, hence Edo State Government will assist the victims with the sum of N20 million. This money will be given to the Local Government Chairman before Monday next week”, he assured.
The Governor Rally Train was at Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area, Uromi in Esan North East Local Government Area and Ugbegun-Ebudin in Esan Central Local Government Local Government where he presented the various candidates including Mr Francis Inegbeneki for Senate, Comrade Onikolease Irabor and Gideon Obhakhan for House of Representatives, Henry Okpamen and Anselm Adima and Victor Edoror for House of Assembly.