From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the governor, Adams Oshiomhole, of “deliberate” plans to exclude its members from the town hall meeting organized to bring citizens up to date on latest developments.
The party in a statement by its publicity secretary in the state, Felix Utubor, on behalf of the chairman, Dan Orbih, said that although the party received invitation to attend the town hall meeting, the invitation was delivered to its secretariat Monday morning, same day of the meeting.
“However, we suggests that the town hall meeting is re-scheduled so that we can fully participate as we are also preparing for the rescheduled LGA elections across the state slated for tomorrow (Tuesday),” the statement said.
In the meantime, traditional rulers in the state have given support to the sale of the Edo House in Lagos, as decided by the state government.
The royal fathers led by the Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, who was represented by his son, the Benin Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, said at the town hall meeting that it was in good fate if the property was sold and the proceed used to develop the state as proposed by the governor.
Oba Erediauwa recalled that four years ago when some palace chiefs visited Lagos, they were unable to stay at the property owing to the dilapidated condition in which it was, adding that previous governments in the state had sold government properties without the courtesy of explaining to the people.
“The governor is doing his second term. He could have sold the house like his predecessors and nobody would do anything. Selling the house is a viable thing to this state. Let the governor do what is good and we will keep an eye on him to see what he does with the money,” he said.
He described governor Oshiomhole as a man of integrity who would make judicious use of proceed from the sale of the house.