Edo PDP accuses Oshiomhole of lying
The Edo State PDP today released a statement through his State Publicity Secretary where they opined that Comrade Oshiomhole lied and would stop at nothing to deceive the people. They claimed Oshiomhole was being economical with the truth when he said EDSTMA was illegal and unknown to him. They accused him of using them to unleash terror on the hapless people of Edo only to turn around and claim he doesn’t know them. They further reminded him of the time he reconstituted EDSTMA and the people he appointed to man key areas in the State. The copy of the statement has be reproduce below.
” Comrade governor you lied when you said the EDSTMA officials were not employed, constituted and empowered by your government to harass, intimidate and collect levies and fines from the hapless Edo road users. You lied when you said the officials were fake. You lied when you said “these men called EDSTMA have since been disbanded”. Your excellency, we are used to your rhetoric but this one tops all. Edo people remember when you reconstituted EDSTMA two months ago. We remember when you contracted traffic management to Rev. Ojo Patrick (King’s Square) (Ikpoba Hill area) Mr. Alile Osaretin, Mr. Monday Ogiegor (Aduwawa axis) (Siloko Zone) Mr. Ephraim Odobo, (UgbowoZone) Mr. Israel Osato, Ogbemudia Ben and JohnBull Edenazogie, (Sapele Road) Eke Elvis. We are aware that Mr. Austine Evbakhavbokun, Commissioner of police retired was appointed by you as the chief executive of EDSTMA.
Your excellency, Please stop taking Edo people for a ride, you want us to believe that you and your officials were not aware that EDSTMA had their offices scattered all over the city. This included the compound of the State Ministry of Works Sapele road which was their operational headquarters. Is it not therefore embarrassing and a sign of gross incompetence that the Governor and government officials claim that they were not operating on behalf of the Government.? We are however not surprised as you did a similar thing to Major Oloye rtd not too long ago. You humiliated and handcuffed him even when he was doing a job for which he had your express authority. Just like you did on Wednesday, you denied him. However, in line with your denial, we would like you to confirm the agencies under you as we wish to also advice Edo people to disregard the identity cards and office addresses flashed by people who claim to be working for you.
Special attention must be paid to some persons who occupy a government building along new Lagos road, near New Benin market who do a similar job like your recently denied EDSTMA. They impose taxes on people without due regards to their income and terrorize traders, market women and business owners who dare to do business in Edo State, Benin City in particular. Please confirm if these shylocks are under your employ. We demand that the whole saga be investigated. We need to know the source of their uniforms, identity cards, bank details of the organisation and those who benefited from the fraud. We are aware that some victims made payments to banks. You cannot use your APC broom to sweep this under the carpet. Comrade Governor, you are advised to change your ways”!
Signed Chris Osa Nehikhare
Publicity Secretary, PDP Edo State