22nd January, 2015
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has challenged the Federal Government to publicly show the people of Edo central the site of its N2.4 billion water project.
The governor said even when the federal government claims the project has been completed and commissioned, the local people still can’t get potable water.
”The problem we have today is that in the books of Abuja, PDP says they have brought water to Esanland. If you ask the Onojie of Ugboha, the Onojie of Uromi and all the other Onojies in Esanland, they will tell you that there is no water in Esanland. They came to my office and said they are not going to allow the vice president to come.”
Oshiomhole who spoke at Uromi during the campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Edo Central on Wednesday, said that the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, is a poor man despite being a former head of state, military governor, minister of petroleum and chairman of petroleum trust fund, was an indication that he is not corrupt.
Speaking to the mammoth crowd at the rally, Oshiomhole queried the People’s Democratic Party-led federal government’s claim of completion of a N2.4 billion Esan Water Project maintaining that no such project was executed in the area.
“For 16 years, year after year, PDP keep promising they will give us power yet no power. APC state government gave you transformers but you still don’t have light because transmission and generation which is required for the transformers to produce light have been sold by PDP led federal government to their relatives.”
He said the ruling PDP has failed the nation, adding that, instead of electricity they produced darkness and could not provide jobs for the millions of unemployed Nigerians as industries cannot function as a result of non availability of power.
Oshiomhole added, “PDP brought kidnapping to Nigeria. Are we going to fold our hands till they kidnap us all? Today we are told that some part of Nigeria is occupied by insurgents. What is insurgent? Where they sleeping? They took one local government, two local governments, three local governments and they couldn’t respond to the extent they took the village of the Chief of Defense Staff.
“This is a serious issue. When the righteous rule, the people rejoice but when the wicked are in power, the people perish. If you do not have light, do you need any other evidence to know that they are not righteous? So I want you to go back to your various destinations and take time to evaluate the performance of PDP in the past 16years”.
Oshiomhole said, “Nigeria at this stage need fighters to drive the required changes. We need a man of courage. It is not about who have more money, it is about who has a clean heart, who has more determination, who will fight for the people and General Muhammadu Buhari is the man to bring about these needed changes.
“They say General Buhari has no money but look at it critically, a man who was once Head of State, a man who was once Chairman of PTF, he rose to become Minister of Petroleum and was once a military governor, yet they say he has no money. Is that not clear evidence that he is not corrupt?
“How come those that are Head of State for few years have billions of naira yet the one that has been Head of State, Military Governor, Minister and General has no money. That shows that Buhari is the man who can fight corruption in Nigeria and if you don’t fight against corruption, our youths will have no future and our people will never have light because the money for light have been stolen by them,” he said.