The former chairman of the All progressive congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, of deceiving Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to lay the foundation for a “phantom industrial park” in Benin, the state capital.
According to the former Labour chairman, he said ,In November 2017, Osinbajo laid the foundation of the park at Iyanomo community in the state capital.
Among the dignitaries that graced the event were Osagie Ehanire, who was then minister of state for health; the oba of Benin and even Oshiomhole were among the dignitaries at the event.
Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, the former national chairman of the ruling party said the park had become a “den of robbers and kidnappers”.
“Some of the things that have made our campaign easier is the fact that we have established a tradition in Edo state, that don’t believe any politician till you have seen action particularly if that politician is already in office,” he said.
“We have 192 wards and we have been going round to ask just one question. Have you seen government presence in this ward since four years ago when I left? The answer has been no because the current governor spends all his time on memorandum of understanding (MoU) for refinery, which remains a MoU. It is not on ground.
“He got Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to do the groundbreaking for an industrial park where he claimed that many Chinese and Singaporeans were anxious to relocate factories and create 300,000 jobs. Now, that place has become what we can call kidnappers track because people rob and go into the bush. There is nothing going on there. Not that the progress is slow, absolutely nothing is going on there. All the promises he made on TV where he signed different agreements with people, none of them is in progress.”