- The Edo state government is set to institute civil and criminal actions against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
- This is as a report by a judicial commission of inquiry has indicted the APC national chairman for alleged breach of state laws as governor
- The APC national chairman is currently enmeshed in a political battle with his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki
The Edo state government has received a report of the judicial commission of inquiry into the construction of Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of its equipment.
The report indicted the administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for breach of the state’s Public Procurement Law.
Chairman of the commission, Justice James Oyomire (rtd.), who presented the findings to Governor Godwin Obaseki at Government House in Benin City on Thursday, May 14 said the contract for the construction of the hospital was fraught with breaches of the state’s laws.
According to him, the procurement law clearly states that any contractor working on a government project should not receive more than 25 per cent upfront payment upon contract award, which Oshiomhole’s administration allegedly contravened.
His words: “The immediate past administration paid 75 per cent of the contract sum upfront for the project to Vamed Engineering.”
Part of the commission’s eight-point recommendation includes that the ministry of justice should institute civil and criminal actions against those found culpable in the breach of the law.
Obaseki, while receiving the report, assured that anyone found culpable, no matter how highly placed, would be called to account for their action.
His words: “We have been putting the right measures in place and if there are resources of government that need to be returned, we will not hesitate to ask for it.
“Since I came into office, you cannot find this type of breach you have mentioned. If people have to face prosecution, whether civil or criminal, they have to be prosecuted.
“When you are given a public trust, so much is expected from you and there is a responsibility to maintain that public trust.”
Oshiomhole is the immediate past governor of the state and current national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC national chairman is currently enmeshed in a political battle with his successor, Governor Obaseki, over control of the party machinery in the state.
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Recall that the state government on Sunday, May 3, accused Oshiomhole of violating social distancing directives by organizing political gatherings through the Edo Peoples Movement.
This was disclosed by Crusoe Osagie, the special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy, and Paul Ohonbamu, the commissioner for communication and orientation.
The duo claimed that the APC national chairman organized a factional mock primary on Thursday, April 30, with more than fifty people in attendance.
Osagie and Ohonbamu in a statement said: “It is not surprising that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has continued his doom-fated attempt to destabilise the Edo State chapter of the APC.
“But what is most unconscionable is that he is propagating this move at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of Edo people.”
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