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Humiliated Edo Widow Rejects PDP’s N250,000 Donation
The widow who rose to fame after an unpleasant encounter with the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has turned down the N250,000 offered to her by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The widow, Joy Ifijeh, who has now been employed by the state, with a N2 million cash gift from the governor, said she does not want to be politically used and had asked the PDP to extend its generosity to other widows.
Speaking shortly after collecting her letter of appointment at the office of the secretary to the Edo state government, Ifijeh promised to lead in the campaign against street trading and selling on walkways.
She also called for assistance to enable her collect her late husband’s benefits from the police authorities, saying that since her husband died last year shortly after graduating from an inspectorate course, all effort to collect his benefits has proved unsuccessful.
Oshiomole hosted at the Government House, Benin, the widow whom he told to “Go and die”, while on a sanitation tour of the state.
Ifije had spread her wares along the road causing obstruction to the governor who ordered her goods to be confiscated.
The incident which was captured on video generated a lot of condemnation within and outside the country, causing Oshiomhole to tender apologies to the widow in addition to an automatic employment and N2 million cash donation.