From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Aggrieved All Progressives Congress (APC) youths yesterday revolted against some policies of Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, alleging hunger and failure on the part of the government to fulfill her campaign promises.
They accused the governor of relegating most politicians who paid the supreme price which led to his victory in September 28, 2016 governorship election in the state to mere spectators and political foes.
The Convener, aggrieved youths forum, Comrade Tony Kabaka, called on the national Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to prevail on the governor not to further hurt the trust deficit of the government.
He threatened to withdraw their support from the party if the governor fail to retrace his steps.
Kabaka, explained that Governor Obaseki whose victory was intricately tied to Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to learn from the humiliating defeat of Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose in Ekiti State.
He further said the provision of jobs earlier promise by Governor Obaseki has become a precious lie, considering growing of unemployed youths including the disengaged 4070 youths from collecting revenue for the government.
He also accused governor Obaseki of nepotism which he claimed has placed foreigners (non-indegnes) at vantage positions ahead of qualified indigenous contractors in the State.
According to him, “The first appointment we got from governor Godwin Obaseki was to send us to jail for working for him.
“In a civilize Country, before you can dislodge youths that are more than 2000 in number, you will first of all make preparation for them to take care of themselves.
“Oshiomhole did so. He spent a year before he hit the ground running.
“Governor Obaseki, you have paid us with evil; we are going to wait until the evil day. They have retired a lot of young politicians in APC. If we had voted for Oshiomhole’s deputy, Mr Pius Odubu, I do not think we would have been treated this way”, he said.
Also speaking, a US based Nigerian, Ms. Aiyowie Osagie Usoh, challenged the government to march words with action in order to give meaning to her economic policies.
Responding, Edo state Chairman of APC, Mr. Anselm Ojezua, described the action of the aggrieved APC youths as misguided.
He advised them to be patient, adding that the State government is making huge investment in Vocational training and technical education.
“They are been misguided and impatient. And if anybody was to complain is not Tony Kabaka.
“His (Kabaka) intention is not to keep all the money he made during Oshiomhole.
“I know hath is government means well and this government is not good at throwing money to people”, he said.