Ask The Police Who Gave The Order – Besty’s Aide
The All Progressives Congress has condemned the disruption of its ongoing free medical outreach in Edo Central Senatorial District by the Police acting on the instruction of Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki.
The party said the medical outreach, initiated and flagged-off on Tuesday by the wife of its candidate in the governorship race, Prof. Idia Ize-Iyamu, to provide free health screening and other medical services to the people, especially the vulnerable denied access to healthcare for years, was disrupted in Uromi by members of the Police deployed by the DPO and Area Commander of the Uromi division.
According to a statement released by Mr. John Mayaki, the Chairman of the Edo APC Campaign Council, the Police officers were acting on the instruction of the wife of Edo Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki.
She was attending a political event in the area and allegedly felt displeased by the complete overshadowing and abandonment of her event by the people who thronged the free medical outreach.
He condemned the First Lady’s actions, saying “it borders on arrogation of powers with no constitutional basis, insensitivity to the plight of the people, and a cruel prioritization of political showmanship over the health of the poor and vulnerable abandoned for four years by her husband, Governor Godwin Obaseki.”
Mayaki said: “By directing the Police to shut down the free medical outreach, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki arrogated unconstitutional powers to herself and sadly displayed the poor attributes including insensitivity to the plight of the people that earned the Obaseki-administration the infamy of being one of the worst seen in Edo State.
“The cruelty and insensitivity is further magnified by the fact that Mrs. Betsy Obaseki ordered the shut down because she felt slighted that her political event in the area was completely overshadowed by the medical outreach as the people, men, women, and the aged, expectedly chose to cater to their health than attend a vanity political show that holds no value to them.
“To order the closure of a free medical event catering to the poor over petty political concerns, especially vanity showmanship, is cruel and totally condemnable.
“The medical outreach, initiated by Prof. Idia Ize-Iyamu, was designed to provide care for the poorest of the poor and vulnerable citizens with various health conditions. All of these people have been abandoned and they live in communities where there are neither doctors nor health centres because the Governor, in his characteristic failure, fell woefully short of his promise to build 192 primary health centers with just 22 in four years.
“We condemn the actions of Mrs. Betsy Obaseki in the strongest possible terms and we urge the Commissioner of Police to rein in on his men to resist carrying out such cruel assignments and insist on the ethics of the profession, no matter who is asking.”
However, in a reaction, Press Secretary of Mrs. Obaseki, Mr. Peter Okonkwo said the first lady does not run the police force in the state neither is she the Chief Security Officer of the state.
He added that if at all such happened, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), should be asked who gave him such orders because he must be acting on the orders of a superior.
Okonkwo said “Her Excellency Betsy Obaseki is busy with the Women Wing of the PDP Campaign committee and is currently campaigning in Uromi as we speak.
“She does not run the Police force and so this accusation is totally frivolous. The APC is intimidated by the massive support of Esan people for the PDP government and their resolve to return Governor Obaseki for second term, so they are now making up excuses not to continue their campaign”‘, he stated.
Efforts to get the police heirachy proved abortive as all calls and text messages put across to them were not responded to as at press time.