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Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2020

Obaseki attacks PDP over ‘Edo debt’

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Ed State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for raising “false alarm” about the debt profile of the State under his watch.
The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said this in a statement on Monday in Benin City.
He described the claim by the State Chairman of PDP, Dan Orbih, as an attempt to score political points and save his ebbing political career.
At the PDP sensitization rally in Edo North Senatorial district, at the Weekend, Orbih had predicted that Obaseki successor would inherit empty treasury.
However, in a statement, Osagie noted that the rumours of an empty treasury are products of Orbih’s imagination as they have no basis in fact.
According to him, “The chairman of the PDP in Edo State, Dan Orbih, has once again gone to town with yet another fabrication about an empty treasury in Edo State.
“To set the records straight, the accusation is false, misleading and ill-conceived.
“But we are familiar with Orbih and such beer-parlour gossip is his stock-in-trade. As chairman of the PDP, which is about to hold its Congress, he is seeking means to be relevant amid plans to oust him from office.
“But we are happy to report to Edo people that we have maintained a healthy balance sheet, with perhaps the most transparent and prudent government in the Country.
Osagie stressed that the State government also runs one of the most transparent budgeting process in the Country and has a pact with the people to ensure an open government, which makes it possible for citizens to assess by themselves the financial standing of the state.
“Annual reports are published yearly. We are also signatories to a number of conventions on open governance and having maintained an open book for Citizens who intend to follow the money trail in government. So, we wonder from where Orbih got his own facts from. He should be completely disregarded,” he said.
Recall that “the Debt Management Office (DMO) in November 2019 gave the State a healthy rating during Alaghodaro (Progress) Summit.

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