By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY â€” THE Minority Whip in Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Philip Shuaibu, yesterday called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis-sion (EFCC) to probe the tenure of the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, as Minister of Works.
Shuaibu, who represents Etsako West II constituency inÂ the House, also gave reasons Governor Adams Oshiomhole attacked Chief Anenih at the recent rally of Action Congress (AC), saying that Chief Anenih and PDP in Edo State deserved no pity due to the suffering they inflicted on Edo people in the last ten years.
The AC Chieftain, who spoke to newsmen in Benin City, said that it would be unfair if the EFCC failed to investigate funds allegedly budgeted for Nigerian roads during the tenure of Chief Anenih as Minister, particu-larly now that President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua is preach-ing Rule of Law.
According to him, â€œit is sad that every day, our brothers and sisters die on our roads, particularly the Auchi-Abuja road and the Lagos-Benin road, while somebody was given the money to fix it.
â€œIf the EFCC said they are serious, they should take a queue from the Senate and investigate the matter. Bode George is already there. Most of them will go down. Like I said the other time, there are many Bode Georges out there, he (Anenih) is included.
â€œHe is part of those we believe should be tried. If the EFCC carries out its searchlight on the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing during their tenure, you will be amazed with the revelation that will come from thereâ€.
On why Governor Oshiomhole attacked Anenih recently, Shuaibu explained that â€œ Chief Anenih was the first to throw the evil stone at the state chief executive during the PDP unity rally in Benin City and Ewohinmi, where the former gubernatorial aspirant in the April 2007 elections, Mr. Kenneth Imasuangbon, declared for the opposition party.
He said the attack was to tell people that he meant it when he said that political godfathers have no place in AC government, adding that the PDP was deceiving itself when its members said they will take over government come 2012.
His words:Â â€œThe cause of all this fight is when some people want to continue to have dominance or hold on Edo State to continually underdevelop the state and the governor said no you cannot.
â€œI have an antecedent, the people believe in me and I was popularly voted into power, I have a mandate for Edo people and the mandate is to bring Edo State out of the present under development.
â€œWhen light comes, darkness will leave. They are darkness and we donâ€™t need them in Edo State. They have been banished and I learnt that Anambra people are waiting at the Niger bridge, saying that they will not admit himâ€.
The lawmaker also took a swipe at Mr Imasuangbon for his recent attack on the governor, describing it as unfortunate.
According to him, â€œthe Comrade governor has been under fire from his own Action Congress and Labour Party.
â€œThose that believe in the comrade have been like, howÂ will the comrade be romancing with Chief Anenih when you say no to godfatherism?Â Â Why will you say he is your father?Â But he will say no, first and foremost, this man isÂ an Edo man, secondly he is an elderly manâ€.
â€œBut unfortunately for chief (Anenih), he went and threw the first stone, castigating the governor, running him down. At the NTA rally, the same thing happened, they even gave the Comrade Governor six months that he would see, a threat to a sitting governor?.
â€œOshiomhole is just here to bring Edo out of its pit where they brought the state to. He is struggling to bring it out of the hard pit. In terms of development, Edo state is no where, it is struggling.
â€œAnytime there is rain, everywhere is flooded. Edo was never like that.Â During the days of Chief Sam Ogbemudia and late Ambrose Alli, Edo was not like this. It was when the likes of Chief Anenih came into the politics of Edo state that Edo was now going back and back.â€