By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in Edo State yesterday reviewed the ten months administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and declared thatÂ the government had performed below expectations.
It accused the government of inflation of contracts for the construction of the 2 km Siluko road for a staggering N2.5billion and the planting of flowers at Ring road for N980million, adding that since the inception of the administration, N3billion had been spent on buying ofÂ highly expensive luxury cars, mostly jeeps, for party leaders and associates.
Addressing newsmen in Benin City, the Chairman of the CRPP, Dr. Samson Isibor, also frowned at what he described as the way the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) was being dragged into partisan politics by its chairman, Mr. Friday Obanor.
It added that its assessment of Akoko Edo House of Assembly re-run election as free and fair, was an attempt to drag â€œthe name of the NUJ into the mud because journalists are not known to be partisanâ€.
But reacting on the allegation that contracts were being inflated, the state Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Mr. Abdul Oroh, asserted that â€œ this administration has been very open and prudent in its spending.
â€œWhen we awarded the contracts, including the Siluko road, it is not just the construction of the roads, it included beautification and in the case of Ring road, we have about four linking roads and all the four are included in the project.
â€œ This includes drainage, street lights, walk ways and even adjoining streets. So the CRPP is just being mischievous; they are only scared that after the Comrade governor must have concluded his plans, they will have nothing to say again.
â€œThey are working for the PDP. And as for the vehicles, government did not buy any jeep for party leaders. As a matter of fact, as a commissioner in this state, we use Toyota Avensis but in Delta state, a councilor uses Avensis.
â€œMost of the vehicles we are using now were even recovered from the PDP leaders. So they are worried about the transformation going on in the state but we will remain focused.â€
However, Isibor, who also called for the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state and the Commissioner of Police for allegedly ignoring the CRPP earlier outcry that thugs were being recruited for the Akoko Edo re-run election, said the governor was yet to commence the construction of six carriage ways on Uselu and Airport Roads which, according to him, was promised to the people of the state.
â€œMore painful is the demolition of houses, shops, which are the only source of livelihood for the poor masses in the state. No road contract has been executed within the last ten monthsâ€ he stated.