By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—AHEAD of this year’s governorship election in Edo State, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has insisted that the state was not a poor state and did not need to embark on what he termed “reckless borrowing and arbitrary taxation of its citizens.”
He blamed the Adams Oshiomhole administration for not having a master plan for the development of the state.
“Today, even the market women and poor sachet water sellers are not left out of the multiple taxation of the Oshiomhole administration in Edo State. A state that rakes in over N2 billion internally generated revenue and over N3 billion from the Federation Account is not poor. What he is doing by his spate of borrowing is to mortgage the future of Edo people and children yet unborn into debts,” he said.
Ize-Iyamu, who spoke at Afashio-Uzaire, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state when he met with PDP delegates and party officials in the Edo North senatorial district, also accused the governor of abandoning a cement factory started by the administration of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion in Edo North senatorial zone.
“Recently, all of us were shocked when the governor came out of an executive council meeting to say that the former administration built a cement factory that was 35 per cent completed and that he would investigate same.
“This is a factory that was more than 90 per cent completed. Instead of completing it, the governor said he wanted to investigate it. Today, the factory is abandoned. We intend to change all that. The economy of our state must be diversified.”
He described as belated, Sunday’s flag-off of the Okpella Cement Factory by Oshiomhole in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state, pointing out that it should have come a long time ago when viewed against his close relationship with Alhaji Aliko Dangote.