BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—CHIEFTAINS of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and those of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, yesterday, engaged themselves in a war of words over the proposed sale of Edo House in Lagos by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The governor had explained that the state Executive Council took the decision, because the property was abandoned by previous PDP governments, when they were in power in the state, adding that the government will use the proceeds to build a five star hotel which will generate revenue and employment for people of the state.
But a PDP governorship aspirant in the 2012 governorship election in the state, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon, described the action as shameful, saying: “Why will a cabinet that has the likes of Idahagbon and Professor Ihonvbere allow that? This is not about Oshiomhole, it is not about who is the governor, it is about our history, it is about our tomorrow and our children.”
But a chieftain of APC, Chief Francis Inegbeneki, who flayed PDPs’ criticisms, said “PDP government sold all the government houses and plots in GRA and they never even advertised it. Oshiomhole advertised the Edo House for sale because he means well for the people and we are confident that the money will be used to develop Benin City.”