By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN — EDO State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that Governor Adams Oshiomhole sacked the former Commissioner for Secondary, Technical and Higher Education, Mr. Ekpenisi Omoriotiomwan, from office over alleged sharing of N320 million belonging to the State Universal Basic Education, SUBEB, by five senior officials of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
State Chairman of PDP in Edo State, Mr. Dan Orbih, stated this while addressing leaders of the party at the residence of Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday in Benin City.
But reacting, state Chairman of ACN, Mr. Thomas Okosun, said: “They should have the courage to name names especially of all those they claim were involved in the sharing of the money and how much each got so that we will know.”
On his part, State Publicity Secretary of ACN, Mr. Dan Owegie, described the allegation as “a tissue of lies, a false rumour and unfounded allegation, which cannot be substantiated.”
However, Orbih insisted: “There was a N600 million scandal at the State Ministry of Education. The Federal Government paid the money into the salary account. After salaries were paid, the balance N320 million was transferred into a project account. That money was shared among five senior leaders of ACN in this state. We challenge the governor to give reasons for the dissolution of SUBEB and sacking of the commissioner.
“This money cannot be explained by any official of the state government. Governor Oshiomhole should take responsibility for the disappearance of N320 million from the SUBEB account. The whereabout of the money could not be accounted for by the state government.”
Disclosing that the party had gone to court to challenge the outcome of the recently conducted local government elections, Orbih said that the party will address issues that would determine the fate of various councils in Edo State.
“We must start to consolidate on the gains of this local government election. We have decided to put a permanent committee that would form the nucleus of our contact to start harvesting aggrieved ACN members.”