- Governor Obaseki's special adviser on public affairs, Andrew Emwanta, has accused Oshiomhole of breaching the state’s Public Procurement Law while in office
- Emwanta said breached the law by allegedly paying 75% upfront for the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital when he was in office
- The special adviser also no equipment was actually delivered to the state during the period, despite the payment
Andrew Emwanta, the senior special adviser on public affairs to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has accused Adams Oshiomhole of breaching the state’s Public Procurement Law.
Channels TV reports that Emwanta slammed the immediate past governor of Edo state and APC national chairman, claiming he breached the law by allegedly paying 75% upfront for the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital when he was in office.
Governor Obaseki's aide said Oshiomhole's alleged action is against the 25% approved by Section 47 of the Procurement Law.
Emwanta also alleged that while that sum was paid, no equipment was actually delivered to the state during the time frame.
He further alleged that Oshiomhole rented equipment for the hospital from Lagos when President Muhammadu Buhari went for commissioning.
After the commissioning, according to him, the equipment was returned and the hospital was placed under lock and key.
“When the (new) governor came, the hospital was opened and we discovered that there were no equipment because when they hired this equipment from Lagos, before Oshiomhole left the government, they returned them and there is no way the government can conceal such a public trust because health is at the core of every government policy,” Emwata alleged.
However, reacting to the allegations, a former commissioner in Edo state under the Oshiomhole administration, Kassim Afegbua, said the procurement and the 75% upfront payment was not out of place.
According to him, in view of the fact that the equipment were state-of-the-art items, it was agreed upon at the time, to pay 75% upfront, “so that the company would not default in terms of manufacturing the equipment”.
Afegbua said Governor Obaseki also partook in the decision to pay 75% upfront for the equipment, adding that the Edo state governor will also be indicted if he wants to indict the previous administration.
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Meanwhile, as intrigues continue to play out in the politics of Edo ahead of the state gubernatorial election, two groups on Monday, May 18, staged a protest in support and against Oshiomhole, All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman.
The pro-Oshiomhole group, Edo State Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Good Governance and Internal Democracy, was led by one Idiogbe Solomon.
Legit.ng gathers that the group accused Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, of biting the fingers that fed him in his desperate bid to walk his way into power for the second time.
The anti-Oshiomhole group, on the other hands, insisted that Oshiomhole is not too big to face the law after he was allegedly fingered in a shoddy deal involving the purchase of equipment for a multi-billion naira Edo Specialist Hospital project.
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