The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed Governor Godwin Obaseki’s sacking of the state Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, Newton Okojie on Monday, on poor performance.
Reacting to the dismissal on Tuesday, the state chairman of the party, David Imuse (rtd), said the act remains an admission of failure which the governor should accept instead of looking for a scapegoat.
In a statement supported by the party’s Assistant State Publicity Secretary, Ofure Osehobo, Imuse said instead of sacking the commissioner, the governor should have taken the bullet by resigning because his government had failed.
“The people of Edo are not surprised that six years of Obaseki’s government has brought nothing but sorrow, unwarranted pain and anguish with deliberate lies as official policy.
“The governor cannot take responsibility. He plays the ostrich and refuses to accept blame for the situation he has put Ed in: falling educational standards with no teachers, crumbling infrastructure in all sectors, epilepsy health services and a dangerous country.
“Is it the claims of a vibrant private sector-led economy that has benefited from sweeping government reforms and programs based on the insights, learning and intelligence that Mr. Obaseki has gained from this sustained and evolving exchange with the private sector? It’s all a lie.
“The bottom line is that Edo is bleeding profusely under the very confused PDP government led by Mr. Godwin Obaseki who has a distorted understanding of democratic governance.
“We will continue to urge the people of Edo to be resilient, hopeful and patient because the agony and suffering will not last too long. The election is here and they must unite to remove the PDP in all its guises so that Edo State can move forward,” the statement read.
It would be recalled that Governor Obaseki, in a statement endorsed by the Commissioner for Communications and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, sacked Okojie for poor performance, saying the sacked commissioner could not live up to the expectations of the office.
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