BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—THE Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, has said that it was not interested in the alleged move to impeach Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, noting that the governor was free to do the work for which he was elected by the people.
The party, while reacting to the allegation by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that N75 million was allegedly offered to each PDP lawmaker to impeach the governor, described the allegation as unfounded and a figment of “their troubled imagination.”
Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who spoke to newsmen, yesterday in Benin, said: “I have heard the National Chairman of APC and the governor himself talk about impeachment in Edo State. The constitution states unequivocally in its relevant sections, the processes to be followed as far as impeachment is concerned.
“That it is only the elected representatives of the people that can impeach the governor of a state. So, if they feel that the governor of Edo State has committed impeachable offences, they should look at it. But for us as a party, we are not interested in his impeachment, he should continue to do the work for which he was elected by the Edo people.
“For us in the PDP, we are looking forward to the elections of 2015 and 2016 in the state where we shall teach the APC a political lesson. It is obvious that the APC is afraid of a crushing defeat come 2015 and 2016 hence they are singing this worn out tune.”
On the alleged offering of N75 million to each legislator by his party for the impeachment exercise, Chief Orbih, said: “They talk as if money no longer has value. How do you expect the PDP to give that huge amount of money to lawmakers who have only few months to stay in office? There is no sense spending such money on the legislators. Rather, if we have such money, we will spend it to provide amenities for our people.”
He, however, warned that Edo PDP will resist any attempt by the state government to collapse the legislative arm of government into the executive, describing the move as undemocratic.
On the allegation that the PDP was intimidating and harassing governors that do not belong to it through impeachments as recently witnessed in Adamawa State and Nassarawa State, he accused the APC of being an agent of destabilisation, saying that it has no road map to peace in the country.