BENIN —THE EDO State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the state government of making live difficult for its citizens through oppressive tax regimes, levies and policies.
It said the state government had remained clueless in tackling flooding in different parts of the state, warning that the 2012 flooding which washed away riverine communities in the state may be a child’s play if there was no plan to contain flooding in the next months of the raining season.
The state chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, who spoke at Igueben, where he received defectors from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the PDP, accused the state government of not putting contingency plans on ground should the dreaded Ebola virus be recorded in the state.
He said: “From the formal to the informal sector, the stories are all the same. Today, the indoor sports hall and pitch of the Samuel Ogbemudia are usually flooded anytime it rains. As for the swimming pool, it is more like a pond where toads and lizards now flourish.
“The levy paid by drivers was increased from N150 to N2000. You don’t need to be told the impact of that. Now, they can’t meet up with their daily returns and are finding live very difficult.
“The governor announced the recall of sacked teachers and promised to pay their entitlements. It will, however, interest you to know that the teachers have not been recalled and neither their entitlements paid. The statement was a television political statement.”
He said the failure of the APC-led government had given the PDP the belief that they can take back Edo State, adding: “The only person left in APC in Igueben would soon join the PDP.”
The central working committee of the Edo PDP also formally welcomed back in the party a former state chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Prince Tony Omoaghe, to the party at Ogwa in Esan West Local Government Area.