The Edo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of attempting to claim credit for the construction of the privately-owned modular refinery in Ologbo because his administration lacks any achievement to show for its four-year term.
The APC made this accusation in a press conference on Sunday where Mr John Mayaki, the Chairman of the Edo APC Media Campaign Council, condemned the Governor’s “mischievous” latching on to the project to enjoy undeserved plaudits and challenged him to publicize the contribution of his government to the success of the project.
Explaining that the modular refinery is an FG-backed privately-funded project undertaken by the AIPCC Energy Limited in a joint venture between AFCOM and Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company of China, Mayaki said the Edo Governor, contrary to his media posture, frustrated the development of the project with his disastrous economic policies and disregard for the rule of law which have driven investors away from the State.
He also challenged the Governor to name at least five projects that have emanated from the MOUs he signed in four years, stating that a Governor that failed to fulfill his own promises to build an industrial park and GeleGele seaport should not be laying claims to a private initiative to deflect blame and criticism arising from his failure.
The statement read, “As we draw nearer to September 19, the day Edo people will head to the polls to determine the leadership of the state for another four years, it has become glaring to Mr Godwin Obaseki and his party of tax-collectors that their reign of falsehood, terror, and lacklustre leadership will be brought to an end, and a new era of responsible and competent leadership under an APC government led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will be ushered in.”
“This realisation, and the consequence it holds for this group of corrupt and irresponsible persons, has seen them scurrying around for survival, making truth, common sense, and decency easy casualties in their vile campaign of deceit and falsehood.
“And then, suddenly, Obaseki emerges from his slumber, scheming to mount tape and ribbon at the site and take glory for a project he knew and contributed little to.
To be clear, and for the records, it is important to state here that the Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Company is owned by AIPCC Energy Limited, a joint venture between AFCOM and Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company of China and was built at the cost of 10.2million dollars. The refinery will be producing diesel, Naptha, and Fuel oil (LPFO).
“The Federal Government supported the project by granting duty waivers on refinery equipment and components. The PCC, equally, is a partner to the EPC. If the Federal Government that offered tangible support which if factored in cost would amount to millions of dollars not claiming credit for the project, why is the Obaseki-administration parading the premises of the refinery, claiming to have achieved a landmark project?