By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” THE Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District, Senator Yisa Braimoh, has described as laughable claims by a chieftain of Action Congress, AC, Mrs Evelyn Igbafe, who described him as a â€œbench warmerâ€ and poor representative of the people of the district in the Senate.
It would be recalled that Igbafe, who recently defected to AC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had accused Senator Braimoh of being a failure in the Senate and urged the people of the zone to vote him out, saying â€œhe is a product of the godfatherâ€.
However, Braimoh who reacted through the Director-General of Yisa Braimoh Campaign Organisation, YIBCO, Mr. Oisamoje, said â€œachievements of Senator Yisa Braimoh in Edo North are comparable to the moon whose shinning prowess nobody, even the blind, can deny its existence.
â€œProbably, Mrs Igbafe was not in Edo State on the 25 July 2009 when the Executive Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, commissioned the state-of-the-art special school for the physically challenged people in Edo North.
â€œThe school which is worth over N30 million, was built and donated by Senator Braimoh from his personal resources to Edo State government.
â€œThe occasion provided opportunity for the comrade governor who, irrespective of party affiliation, told the august gathering which included royal fathers of Afemai that Senator Braimoh is a pride to Edo North and also deserves more years at the Senate.
â€œWithout any fear of contradiction, Senator Braimoh ranks among the senators with quality motions and bills in the National Assembly.
â€œOur appeal to Mrs Igbafe, is to contest the AC Edo North senatorial primaries and emerge as the AC candidate and challenge the popularity of Senator Yisa Braimoh at the 2011 polls.â€