…Our party has consistently taken a strong stance on the importance of recovering and retaining state assets. -PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind Edo State Governors moves to recover all government properties that ex Governor Adams Oshiomhole illegally allocated to himself, his friends and cronies.
This support is coming on the heels of a publication by the government in January of its intention to revoke CofO all illegally gifted Edo state government assets in private hands.
The statement by the PDP reads in full…
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS) published a full page advertisement in some national dailies including the state owned newspaper, The Observer, titled, “REVOCATION OF RIGHTS OF OCCUPANCY AND COMPENSATION THEREOF IN PURSUANCE OF SECTIONS 28 AND 38 OF THE LAND USE DECREE No 6 OF 1978”, of beneficiaries as well as the details of survey plan and certificate of occupancy numbers of their allotment.
This action became necessary as a result of the discovery of the mindless, reckless and absurd allocation and conversion of government properties and assets to private use by the ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole led APC government. Edo PDP cautioned ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole severally for his penchant for greed and illegality. PDP always condemned the gifting of government property for political patronage, a practice that was rampant in the Adams Oshiomhole led government. You will recall we had to mobilize to Lagos to stop the illegal conversion of Edo House, an edifice second-to-none in the highbrow Victoria Island, by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, even though he disguised the conversion as sale to private interests.
Nothing better reinforces the greed, hypocrisy and display of power arrogance than the forceful eviction and destruction of the University of Benin staff quarters along Edo-Osagie Avenue G.R.A., Benin City, by the Adams Oshiomhole led State government, than the allocation of same to his cronies. The brutality of that action still baffles Edo people.
The People’s Democratic Party in Edo State supports and applauds Edo State Governor, His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki’s decision to recover government property illegally converted to personal use.
It is not only illegal and immoral but outright mischievous for Adams Oshiomhole to have gifted the official residence of the Secretary to the State Government to his Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Pius Odubu, and for Odubu to have accepted same and begin to lay claim of ownership to such, effectively denying the state an official residence for the SSG.
Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole also had the audacity to allocate a huge portion of Government House to a company curiously named C.A. Aliyu and Company Limited. In an attempt to mask, hide and cover-up his deeds, Comrade Adams Aliyu allocated an unsolicited Government asset to Governor Godwin Obaseki who has rightly revoked and returned the Greek gift to Edo State government.
Frankly speaking, the size of our victory in the last governorship election imposes a very special responsibility on us. To be a Government of high ideals and hard choices. Not popular for one time but remembered for all time. Not just a better government than previous, but one of the great, radical, reforming Governments of our history. To build an Edo, not for a few, but for all the people. And it will require ‘Resetting’. Hard choices. I know our people can make them if we show how and why.
Governor Obaseki and PDP have championed a fairer and more equitable society
while our party has consistently taken a strong stance on the importance of recovering and retaining state assets.
Chris Osa Nehikhare
SPS PDP EDO STATE