Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has opened up on his grouse with Presidnt Goodluck Jonathan, saying the president abandoned the state and did nothing for it despite securing 95% votes of Edo people for his re-election in 2011.
The governor said the people of the state are however wiser now and will vote the president out next month for abandoning them.
Speaking at separate rallies of the All Progressives Congress in Ehor, Uhumwode Local Government Area and at Igueben, Igueben Local Government Area on Saturday, Oshiomhole said in spite of several letters to the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state on erosion ravaging parts of the state, the Jonathan administration abandoned the state after cajoling them to vote for him, as their brother, in 2011.
According to Oshiomhole: “the last time, we voted for President Jonathan. He got 95% of the total votes in Edo State. Yet, I cannot think of any meaningful thing he has done in the state.
“We have written volumes of letters to Abuja on the Queen Ede erosion site. That erosion was caused by the Federal Government as a result of the design errors in the course of constructing the road to Asaba. It started as a small erosion, over time it has escalated”, he said.
Governor Oshiomhole added, “I have written for support from the ecological funds which we are entitled to, to rebuild and reclaim the place. It has destroyed some houses, destroyed farmlands, destroyed a secondary school and right now almost destroying a Catholic Church yet the Federal Government has done nothing.
“Last year, President Jonathan gave N2 billion each to some PDP States even where he lost election to deal with erosion. Those that don’t have flood erosion were given money for desertification but we in Edo state that voted for him got nothing.
“I am not lamenting this. We have learnt from it and are determined not to repeat our mistakes but the good news is that we have secured funds from the World Bank on our own effort to rebuild Queen Ede erosion and restore it and save the lives, farmland and properties of the people who live around there. Soon the construction work will start
“For 16years, the only federal thing I see in Edo State is the resurfacing of Ofosu up to Benin old dual carriage way which they only started after our government decided to construct additional lanes all the way to Ugbowo. I can’t see any other thing they have done in 16 years”, the governor stated.