- Governor Godwin Obaseki has called out the ex-APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
- Oshiomhole handed over the reins of power in Edo state to Obaseki in 2016
- Governor Obaseki, however, revealed that Oshiomhole borrowed recklessly as the Edo chief executive
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, borrowed recklessly when he was the chief executive of the state.
Governor Obaseki made the comment at the governorship election debate organised by Channels Television on Sunday, September 13.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate had accused Governor Obaseki of taking huge loans with nothing to show for it.
Responding, Obaseki said a larger part of the loan was taken when Oshiomhole was governor of the state.
“In terms of debt, we have not taken that proportion of debt as a government since 2016. What happened is that my predecessor borrowed recklessly and the federal government had to restructure all the debts which were taken before I came into office and this included the whole series of bank borrowings, the borrowings to pay salaries,” he said.
“So, the federal government restructured outstanding obligation to Edo state to the tune of almost N30 billion. That is what is responsible for adding to the debt stock, not the borrowings from this administration,” he added.
Some Nigerians also shared their thoughts on the debate via social media.
Don Pius wrote on Twitter: "Ize Iyamu is brandishing a lot of lies and talking as if governance is a child's play, he was in government for 8 years during an era when bad governance was taken to a new level."
Ogah John Elohor wrote: "Pastor Ize Iyamu speaks like someone who is bitter, not a sportsman. Why must he attack Obaseki instead of facing the issues before him? The man takes after Oshiomhole, his godfather."
Kenneth Enoruwa wrote: "This is the problem with Ize-Iyamu....Very arrogant and aggressive...You could feel these in the way he talks... Now you see why more Edo people support Governor Obaseki."
Meanwhile, Obaseki has been honoured as the Most Outstanding Governor of The Year 2019 by the Nigerian Association of Christian Journalists, Edo state chapter.
Presenting the award to the governor during his reelection campaign in Eyaen Wards 5 and 6, in Uhunmwode local government area, secretary-general of the association, Dr Charles Okhai, noted that the honour was on the back of the governor’s sterling performance across all sectors of the state.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that over 400 religious leaders in Edo state have endorsed Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, for a second term.
The religious leaders who are mostly pastors in Assemblies of God Church said the governor’s re-election will enable his administration to consolidate on the successes recorded in the first term.
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