BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY— GOVERNORSHIP candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) has said that the welfare and security of the people must be the priority of government.
Airhiavbere, who fielded questions on Live Interview programme on AIT on whether he would travel outside the state, if there were security challenges, if he was elected governor, said he would not.
He, however, contradicted his statement when he tried to defend President Goodluck Jonathan’s trip to Brazil on official engagement, but the interviewers urged him to speak on what he will do if he finds himself in such situation.
He said he would only travel under such circumstance, if the trip would help bring in foreign investors. He was, however, quickly reminded that no investor would bring his money into an unsafe environment.
“Security of the people and welfare of the people is the purpose of governance in this country, it is provided for in the constitution. For leaders, it should be their priority when they sign that contract, to make sure that they deliver, otherwise they would have failed.”
Blaming past military coups in the country on civilians, he said “after a successful military coup, you pick a Lieutenant Colonel and deploy him to a state like Edo State, he arrives Edo State with probably his ADC and CSO, every other person that works with him is a civilian, so where is the blame coming from?” Don’t forget a leader is as good as all his advisers put together. Who are his advisers, civilians from Edo State, they didn’t come from any other state.”
Reminded that his PDP ruined the state for 10 years, Airhiavbere said, “I am coming with a brand new PDP, rebranded, ready to deliver.”