By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FORMER member of the House of Representatives and chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Mr. West Ehioge-Idahosa, has said that despite the criticisms against Governor Adams Oshiomhole by the PDP, the governor has given the state a face lift in the past six years.
He urged the governor to ensure that a credible candidate succeeds him in office in order not to draw the state backward. The three-term lawmaker, who was one of the senatorial aspirants of the PDP in Edo South, in the just concluded primaries of the party, spoke in an interview with Vanguard.
He said: “There is no question of whether the governor has performed even though you want to deny the governor some credit because he is in All Progressives Congress, APC, while I am in the PDP. Conscience will not allow you to completely deny him his credit. When you fly into Benin, for example, and take an aerial view of Benin, you will see that things have changed, it is no longer what it used to be.
“When you go out of Benin and go to the local government areas and see what had been done there, you cannot but appreciate him. I had been tempted to deny him some credit myself especially when I got angry and left the APC for the PDP. Each time I see primary schools in the rural areas, machines working on infrastructure, I always tell myself, notwithstanding the difference in platform, that this man is doing well.
“No man is God, no man is perfect. Many will accuse him of taking some erratic decisions, but for a mobilizer, someone who gave all his life from the labour back ground, you must allow some excesses to be excused on his part. In terms of focus on governance, I will say that infrastructurally, he has done well.”