Obaseki, APC clash over land-grabbing
On Tuesday, the Edo State government condemned attempts by the State’s All Progressives Congress to denounce the State’s aggressive campaign against land-grabbers and other non-state actors responsible for disrupting land administration in Edo State.
As stated in a statement signed by the Edo State Governor’s Special Adviser on Media Project, Mr C. O. Osagie, the opposition party in Edo sees no benefit in cleaning up a flawed and illegal system that empowers thugs and miscreants who have previously intimidated and fleeced unsuspecting citizens in land and related transactions.
As noted by Governor Godwin Obaseki, “the land grabbers were unscrupulous elements who dispose of people’s landed property, fomenting trouble that had scared investors from our state and discouraged many Edosons and daughters from investing in the state until recently.”
Dismissing the APC’s purported land grab allegations, Osagie asked, “Where was Edo APC when the state government hiked the minimum salary from N30,000 to N40,000 and synchronised the pay of pensioners in the state? Was not the influence of this historic endeavour felt by far larger number of individuals in the state? Why didn’t they speak out while this achievement was being recorded?”
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has accused the PDP administration headed by Mr Godwin Obaseki of inability to control land-grabbing operations, adding, “Edo people know that the Obaseki government is the main offender in the State’s land-grabbing crisis.”
Meanwhile, the Edo Forum of Patriots, an organisation dedicated to rescuing Edo State from its dwindling place in the pantheon of states, has challenged the All Progressives Congress candidates (APC) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for National Assembly elections.
In a statement released to the media in Benin city, Edo state’s interim management committee chairman Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo claimed that the State is rapidly losing its position in its socio-economic and political developments.
He reiterated that Edo State has been in the news for political reasons in the previous five years. However, little to no attention has been given to the existential dangers of herders menace, disproportionate corporate social responsibility by oil and gas corporations, cultism and young gangsterism. To them, the crisis circle lost the State both the high office of the APC national chairman and the chairman of the NDDC board, which was about to be inaugurated.
He then sued for cohesion amongst the three senators and nine House members to bring about a swift socioeconomic transition in our State.