Anenih ac­cuses Osh­iom­hole of marginal­i­sa­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

A former chair­man of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, has ac­cused the Edo State gov­er­nor, Adams Osh­iom­hole, of marginal­is­ing the Edo Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial dis­trict and its peo­ple.

Speak­ing at the Edo Cen­tral zonal flag-off of the party’s gov­er­nor­ship cam­paign, at Uromi, in Esan North­East Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Anenih said the Esan peo­ple would re­sist an al­leged con­tin­ued dom­i­na­tion by Osh­iom­hole, ahead of the Septem­ber 10 gov­er­nor­ship.

He said peo­ple of Edo Cen­tral would “over­whelm­ingly vote for the PDP and re­store the re­gion’s lost glory.”

He al­leged that Gov­er­nor Osh­iom­hole, at the be­gin­ning of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, more than seven years ago, re­fused to pay the coun­ter­part fund­ing of N300 mil­lion needed to com­plete the Ug­balo Waterworks, af­ter he (Anenih) had made the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to com­mit the sum of N1.2 bil­lion to the project.

“To­day, there is no wa­ter Esan­land. I pleaded with the pres­i­dent then to give us wa­ter and he awarded a con­tract of N1.2 bil­lion for Ug­balo Waterworks. Osh­iom­hole was asked to pay the coun­ter­part fund­ing of about N300 mil­lion. Osh­iom­hole, up till to­day, has re­fused to pro­vide the money. That is why the wa­ter scheme has not been com­pleted. He does not want us (Esans) to have wa­ter,” he said.

“The only PDP can­di­date recog­nised by INEC in Edo State is Ize-Iyamu. The can­di­date of Ali Modu Sher­iff has lost; they have re­jected him,” he added.

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