Oshiomhole vows to drag PDP chieftains to EFCC over graft

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City 

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has vowed to drag some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC) for financial crimes while they were in power between 1999 and 2003. Specifically, the governor listed those to be affected to include,  a former governor of the state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and former chief of Staff to President, Chief Mike Oghiadohme. 

It would be recalled that Chief Oghiadohme and Ize-Iyamu were deputy governor and Secretary to the state Government respectively during the Igbinedion’s administration. 

He said he decided not to probe that administration since he became governor because he would not want to be distracted but that recent political developments in the state had forced him to do so.

Speaking at the rally of the APC, at Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area, hometown of Oghiadohme, Oshiomhole asserted that “these PDP leaders should be ashamed, I am looking at the books now because I just wanted to work and look forward because for me, my task is not to be reversing. 

“I have spent too much time fighting, I just wanted to work so I don’t want to look at the books. But when I see the snakes, the scorpions, the pythons, all these people that God cursed, they are trying to cause confusion, I called for the books. When I am going to Anigbette, I will carry the vouchers where Oghiadohme, Ize-Iyamu and his Oga, where they appropriated money, they call it for the construction of Anegbette bridge. 

“In their books they claimed they built the bridge but no bridge on ground. Everything must go to Abuja. They collected the money in full, even to Ayoha my mother’s village they ate the money. I will publish them for our traditional rulers to see, they claimed they did the road from Jattu-Ayuwa-Iyuku and they collected the money they pocketed it. 

“God will definitely punish them, that is why I am warning our brother, (Oghiadohme) he cannot afford a fight. He abandoned his people while he was in power and today he is talking nonsense. For seven and half years they planned to impeach me, but today I am standing and they are out of power. God impeached them” he stated. 

Carpeting the PDP leaders over their comments against him over the building of Edo State University Iyamho, Oshiomhole asserted that “For you to know that PDP thinks we are not part of this state, where Oghiadohme is seated, Orbih is seated, PDP people are saying why should we build university, what I call Edo University. 

“I asked them, during the tenure of PDP they built a university and they called it Igbinedion University, Okada. Should I build Oshiomhole University Iyamho, no. I will rather build Edo University for the people of Edo state not for me to own but for Edo people to own. How can anyone who understands the logic of development in a world that is knowledge driven, question the wisdom of investing in education. If they cannot see tomorrow I have seen nexttomorrow,” he stated.

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