BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State and the Edo State government, yesterday, disagreed over the allegation by the PDP that the state government had acquired 200 SUVs, Prado and Land Cruiser vehicles, for traditional rulers and politicians to gain their support ahead of the general elections.
The state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who made the allegation, in Benin City, yesterday, alleged that the state government had commenced the distribution of the vehicles to some traditional rulers and politicians.
He also alleged that the state government was collecting N1,500 fees from pupils sitting for the primary school certificate examination, saying that it was an illegal act and against the laws setting up the Universal Basic Education, UBE, programme.
But the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Anslem Ojezua, described the allegations as untrue, saying “the PDP is just a desperate party and all they believe now is in telling lies and making spurious allegations that never existed. The state government never bought any jeep for politicians or traditional rulers just because of the election. It is a figment of their imagination.
“And for the fees, it is common knowledge that education is free from primary to junior secondary but in private schools, it is not free, they pay money. What happened in this case is that we are the ones organizing the exams for those in private schools so they had to pay for the logistics since these schools collected money from the pupils.”