By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—EDO State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, has maintained that projects commissioned by Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, AAU, were those funded and completed by interventionist agencies including the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, promising to open a can of worms on how the university had been mismanaged.
Orbih also called on the National Assembly to amend the constitution with a view to removing the immunity clause for governors, insisting that the removal would enable corrupt governors to be tried while in office.
He alleged that the Edo State Government had collected over N42 billion as security votes since its inception, saying that there was no Boko Haram insurgency or any other serious security challenge to warrant such security votes.
It will be recalled that the management of AAU demanded a public apology from Orbih over comments he made that Oshiomhole was commissioning projects in the institution that were not funded by his government.
Speaking in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of the state, during a sensitization tour of the party, Orbih said he stood by his earlier statement on AAU, pointing out that the proper thing was for the management of the university to give credit to who it is due.
He said: “I am not disappointed because it is expected of the university’s management to defend their master. To go to the public and pretend that those projects were executed by the Oshiomhole administration is, however, a disservice to the university community.
“I challenge the management of AAU to publish the list of projects that were funded by the CBN through intervention fund and the TETFUND. We know that the renovation and furnishing of the Law Faculty and the moot court were funded by the CBN intervention fund.”