- Governor Godwin Obaseki was inaugurated in November 2016 as governor of Edo state on the ticket of the APC
- The Peoples Democratic Party who lost in the election is alleging that the governor is wasting the state's fund on foreign trips
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that at a period of economic recession, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has embarked on six unannounced foreign trips.
The opposition party is asking the governor to explain how he spent the N11 billion Paris Club loan refund to the state.
Obaseki took over as governor of Edo state from Adams Oshiomhole on November 12, 2016.
Vanguard reports that in a statement by the PDP in Benin, the capital of Edo state, the party’s publicity secretary, Chris Nehikhare, urged the people of the state to prevail on the governor to explain how th e refund was spent.
“Our attention has been drawn to the frequent, unannounced state funded unending foreign trips embarked upon by Governor Obaseki.
“Since the elections, he has travelled out of the country not less than six times. He has jetted out again after attending Madam Ikhazobor’s burial in Lagos. What is he looking for?
“Unlike Mr President (Muhammadu Buhari), he doesn’t transmit power to his deputy as demanded by the constitution each time he sneaks out,” the party asked.
In his reaction, however, the office of the governor’s chief press secretary said: “The attention of Edo state government has been drawn to some accusations by the PDP reminiscent of a pot, calling an egg black, especially when smarting from political and electoral anxiety disorder.
“Very soon, I see them making dog bone an excuse for their failure. It is a sign of weakness and incapacity when you wrestle with your mate three times and you are defeated, to come back to say, ‘Oh, I wasn’t ready.
“The PDP is like a drowning man or a school boy who wouldn’t prepare for exams but heap blame on the teacher – he doesn’t like my face. I see Ize-Iyamu and his PDP cohorts as people who would use every excuse in the books to skip out.”