Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State had been advised to concentrate on governance and stop his four-year-old political fight with his predecessor and national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The admonition came from some leaders under the aegis of Edo Elders Consultative Forum, who asserted that the lingering dispute was being executed with taxpayers’ funds, which should have be judiciously used for people-oriented projects by the governor.
In a press released titled:”Obaseki’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry; Inconclusive, Dead On Arrival”, which was made available to LEADERSHIP Friday in Abuja, the forum’s president-general, Rev. Matthew N. Asemota and secretary-general, Col. Johnbull Omo-Ojo (rtd), they asserted that the panel, headed by Justice James Oyomire, was improperly constituted.
According to them, the presence of Prof. Emmanuel Obaseki, a blood relation of Governor Obaseki and key member of his kitchen cabinet in the commission “totally discredited any good intention it proposed to achieve.”
While claiming that the panel failed to invite neither Oshiomhole nor any member of his administration, which included the incumbent governor himself, Asemota said that “we consider the report as one-sided, lacking moral base, inconclusive and dead on arrival.”
The commission, in its report, indicted the quality of the procurement laws and wasteful abuse of taxpayers’ money in the execution of the Edo Specialist Hospital project by Oshiomhole.
But Asemota said that the “government should rather put its energy towards building institutions and robust procurement laws while pursuing how to complete the hospital for the good of the people, since it was conceived to benefit them.”
He, however, noted that the “taxpayers’ monies deployed into unnecessary political fight by Governor Obaseki against his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole and all his political opponents are wasteful and should be channelled into equipping the said hospital.
“The best time to talk about a hospital is not a good time to talk about a judicial commission of inquiry,” in apparent reference to the report of the commission recently publicised in the media by the state government.
“As head of the economic team, we wondered how Governor Obaseki planned to exonerate himself from the guilt of the previous administration.
The Edo elders also condemned the demolition of a hotel owned by one Tony Kabaka in Benin City, whom they described as Obaseki’s political opponent, adding that “a governor who demolishes a citizen’s source of income and ask for N18 million cost of demolition cannot be acting in the people’s interest.
“We again call on President Muhammadu Buhari to kindly intervene in the lingering crisis in APC in the Edo State; investigate and punish politicians responsible for the mayhem, injuries and deaths caused innocent citizens in the course of the recent disturbing political violence, so as to serve as deterrent to others,” the group stated.