BY SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—AHEAD of the July 14 governorship election in Edo State, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, yesterday, accused Governor Adams Oshiomhole of spending N10 billion tax payers’ money on a new mansion in his Iyamho village in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
The state government, has, however, described the allegation as mischievous.
Oshiomhole, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Tony Iyare, said: “Governor Oshiomhole built his country-home at Iyamho more than 20 years ago. Everyone knows the road to the house in question. In fact, all his houses, including the ones in Kaduna and Abuja, were built many years before he ever contemplated contesting the governorship seat in Edo State.
“The house in Iyamho is currently undergoing some renovation which is aimed at providing for some walkways and an out-door bar on the existing empty space,” adding that the so called N10 billion mansion was an imagination of those who contrived the existence of such building.
Edo PDP state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who addressed newsmen in Benin, alleged that whereas the governor pretend to be frugal in his khaki dress, he was deceiving the people with the massive construction of a building in his country home, adding that materials for the building were imported from South-Africa.
He alleged that the governor was awarding inflated contracts without following due process and that he awarded the purchase of bore-hole drilling rigs to his in-law without the contract being advertised.
He also alleged that despite Governor Oshiomhole receiving more allocation from the federation account than any governor in the history of the state, he had borrowed more money than any previous government, while the governor had also gone to the World Bank to borrow money.
He alleged that the governor was diverting money meant for local government areas to other uses.
Appealing to the governor to emulate the late labour leader, Chief Michael Imoudu, who did not build a house for himself, Chief Orbih threatened that the PDP would exposed his alleged corrupt tendencies anytime the governor provoked the party in the state.
He also appealed to the governor to reopen the state University, Ambrose Alli University, AAU, which was recently closed down following students protest over the death of two female students of the institution as a result of a well that caved in the University.