Chris Osa Nehikhare, Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, has lambasted an APC Edo guber aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who he described as “Serial Contestant” urging him to take responsibility and stop being economical with the truth as it concerns the development of the state.
This was contained in an open letter, personally signed by Chris Nehikhare and addressed to Osagie Ize-Iyamu which was made available to newsmen over what he called unfounded allegations against the Edo State government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Nehikhare who described as shocking Ize-Iyamu allegations of marginalization and the underdevelopment of Orhionmwon Local Government Council Area, said, Governor Obaseki has taken bold steps to address the issue in the State by opening up the space for more actors to provide electricity among others developmental projects.
He said it’s not only disappointing, but a fact that Orhionmwon LGA has been unlucky over the years with the quality of leadership it has been saddled with over the years with the likes of Osagie Ize-Iyamu among others, who were in successive governments in the state without anything to his credit or to point at in Orhionmwon LGA, where he hails from.
According to Nehikhare “I watched you on ARISE TV and frankly, I was shocked to hear you making allegations of marginalization and the state of development in our beloved Local Government Area, Orhionmwon.
“The truth is that Orhionmwon has been unlucky over the years with the quality of leadership it has been saddled with; over the years.
“Orhionmwon has produced a Chief of Staff under Chief Lucky Igbinedion between 1999 and 2003 in the person of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Orhionmwon also had a representative in Government as a Secretary to the State Government between 2003 and 2007 in the person of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“Orhionmwon produced a deputy governor between 2008 and 2016 under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in the person of Pius Odubu. The LGA also has Patrick Aisowieren sitting on the board of the NDDC.Before Hon Aisowieren, another Orhionmwon son was the immediate past state representative in the person of Hon. Saturday Uwuliekhue.”
The commissioner further enumerated, “Orhionmwon sons, H.E Pius Odubu and Hon Patrick Aisowieren represented the Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode federal constituency in the National Assembly for sixteen straight years before being rewarded with the positions of deputy governor and NDDC state representative respectively.
“Curiously, all these people are members of the opposition party in the State, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Yet you, my brother, claims that the LGA has been marginalized, when all these people have held critical positions in Edo State before now?
“One would wonder if it is until they become governor before they are able to make a positive impact in the lives of their people and the local government, because, as it is often said, ‘he who is faithful with little is most likely to be faithful with much,” Nehikhare said.
The Edo Communication and Orientation Commissioner said, Governor Godwin Obaseki has barely served for eight years and has brought so much development and impactful projects to the local council which is currently benefitting the people and improving the lives of thousands of residents in the LGA.
“It is on record that the Governor facilitated the setup of Duport Midstream Company Limited (DMCL) facility in Egbokor, in our own Orhionmwon, which is the second refinery in the State, after the Edo Refinery. The facility boasts of a 2500bpd modular refinery, a data centre, gas processing facility and a power plant, providing ample infrastructure to drive industrial growth in its host community, Orhionmwon.
“It is incontrovertible that Governor Obaseki has continued to blaze the trail, embarking on bold and transformative projects that have benefited millions of Edo people, including the good people Orhionmwon, our Constituency.
“The governor’s track record of inclusivity and good governance speaks to his sincere intentions over the past seven years that have translated to the progress recorded across all sectors of the State, from agriculture to education, health and technology, among others, and Edo people and Orhionmwon people are aware of these facts. It is clear that Obaseki’s legacies cannot be blemished. Edo people know the truth and will not be deceived,” he further declared.