BREAKING: Edo PDP suspends Obaseki, Shaibu's loyalists

By Ozioruva Aliu

EDO state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Sunday kicked against the 2022 budget proposal of Governor Godwin Obaseki which he submitted to the ten man state house of assembly last Wednesday alleging that he duplicated projects to siphon state funds.

A statement by the Assistant State Publicity secretary of the party, Victor Ofure Osehobo said the budget proposal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government in the state was unrealistic.

Obaseki had submitted a budget proposal of N214.2b which he tagged “Budget of Renewal, Hope and Growth”

The statement said Obaseki had last year said his government had closed a N25 billion 5-year bond at a record price of nine per cent to fund the 2021 budget but did not mention the current status of the N25 Billion bond.

He said: “On a closer look, the 2022 Obaseki budget proposal, is completely unrealistic and duplicitously embellished with impractical predictions, a development that confirms fears by many Edo people that this administration is obviously still trying unsuccessfully to lay a foundation for governance as Obaseki himself declared, 5 years on!

“The proposal again illustrates that Governor Obaseki has perfected the art of wasting Edo state’s funds on frivolities; how does he explain the allocation of N21 billion for government buildings and another N15 billion to enhance the work environment.

“As expected, the Obaseki 2022 estimates is padded and this can be deduced from such spurious allocations as providing social and youth development, N5billion; technology enhancement,  N7.6billion; effective fiscal and business-friendly regulatory policies, N4.5billion.

“The proposal includes water, which is non-existent and which the government has never attempted to provide anywhere in the state, for N1.2 billion. This is as ridiculous as the provision of N1.5 billion for citizen re-orientation and social protection, and N9.2billion for public safety and security, which are suspicious and questionable, and calls for answers.

The party claimed that the education sector was worse hit with the governor’s position that children in primary schools in Nigeria now learn three times more than they used to learn with the old pedagogue and that the school has the least number of out of school in the country. He alleged that the governor had no plan of repaying the several loans and bonds.

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