Hundreds of angry residents of Evbuotubu, in Egor local government area of Edo State, Monday morning threatened to prevent political parties from coming to campaign in the Community over what they described as the deplorable state of infrastructure in their areas.
The angry youths had early as 8:00am, set up bonfire at strategic locations leading to the Evbuotubu market armed with placards bearing various inscriptions which reads: ‘No road No School’ ‘No road No election” “ ‘Obaseki fulfil your campaign promise” and ‘Are we no longer part of Edo state’ among others, also chanted anti-government slogans.
Evbuotubu, is a densely populated suburb and takes about 10 minutes’ drive to Benin City, the State Capital.
The peaceful protest however paralyzed commercial and vehicular movement for several hours as the angry youths marched through the major road leading the Ekenwa road axis of the City.
Mr Abdulfatai Giwa Osagie, a landlord in the Community who spoke for the protesters lamented that the political class have taken the people for granted adding that there nothing on ground to show for all their support for parties after winning elections.
He said: “You can see the crowd today. These are all inhabitants of Evbuotubu , made up of landlords, tenants, keke riders, market women who came out register their grievances in a peaceful manner. We are pleading to Edo state government, members of the state and national assembly to come to our aid”
“In every election, they come here to campaign and make empty promises to us and after election they will abandoned us. Just take a look at this road, this is the major road to Evbuotubu leading to upper Owina road, you can see the flood that is here, we can’t pass the road
“ Ehovutubu has been cut off. We are using this opportunity to appeal to them; we don’t deserve this kind of neglect. What we are saying today is that if this road is not fixed there will be no campaign or election here. When we are saying no election it means that we won’t allow any political party to come here and campaign be it APC, PDP or APGA
“I remember in the last Council election, they came and carried out some kind of palliative and that was the end. This same government of Godwin Obaseki promised to fix the road last August, 2017 and nothing has been done”. He added.
Another resident and a trader, Mrs Amen Augusta Ogbomo, said she has being trading at the Evoutubu market for over 25 years and noted that in the last 12 years the road has broken down completely without help from government.
“As we speak, there is no business here anymore. It is very difficult for people to access this community. The last time Obaseki visited was during campaign where he promised to construct the road and that was why we voted for him. Today, we pay all kind of taxes without anything to show for it”.
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