The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Edo State chapter, has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led state government in the state to stop using the deadly COVID-19 pandemic as gateway for corrupt profiteering and fleecing of the state treasury.
The PDP was reacting to a broadcast by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Sunday, April 19, that the state government has so far spent over N1b in the fight against COVID-19 in the state, and has consequently reached out to 50,000 vulnerable families.
Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, in a statement said the governor’s broadcast was not just disappointing, curious, scandalous but failed to address pressing economic issues in the state.
Nehikhare described as painful Obaseki’s inability to address the immediate needs of SMEs and its employees or provide a trajectory that will take care of their future as the month of April draws to an end.
He said, “The reality is that there are allegations of diversion of palliatives to vulnerable citizens which is frustrating the commitment by Edolites and other well-meaning groups in the overall effort to combat the spread of the scourge in our state.
“We are saddened that Governor Obaseki again failed to show leadership and displayed total lack of touch with reality as he failed to address the issue of palliatives diversion.
“Business owners are going to ponder how they will meet their wage bill demand when they haven’t done any business but must make their utility payments; electricity, telephone and rent! There was no mention of plans to subsidize, assist or intervene one way or the other.”
The Publicity Secretary who described the administration as corrupt individuals, treasury looters, said Edo people reject the claim figure by Obaseki.
“Edo PDP rejects the attempt by rogues in government circles to use the Covid-19 pandemic to fleece our treasury.
“This is especially as the APC administration is reputed to be a haven of corrupt individuals, treasury looters, certificate forgers and election riggers.
“We reject the humongous figures already being bandied to have been spent”, Nehikhare noted.