Edo 2020: Shaibu Claims Oshiomhole Paid Deputy Speaker N40m to Support APC

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Edo 2020: Shaibu Claims Oshiomhole Paid Deputy Speaker N40m to Support APC
Nwolu Obiajulu

Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor of Edo State has alleged that deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye was paid N40m by the erstwhile National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to support APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Shaibu while addressing supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lampese, Akoko-Edo local Government Areas, accused Idiaye who represents Akoko-Edo constituency (I), and the member representing Akoko-Edo Constituency (II), Emmanuel Agbaje, of been paid N40m each to sway their support for Oshiomhole’s preferred candidate, Ize-Iyamu.

On Sunday, the deputy speaker and Agbaje announced their support for Ize-Iyamu.

The 24 members of the state House of Assembly are of the APC.

Shaibu urged the electorates of Akoko-Edo LGA to demand their share of the N40m from their representatives.

He said, “The Speaker of the EDHA and all the principal officers are supporting the governor while those that left demanded money which he declined because of the love and interest of Edo people.

“Hon Agbaje and Hon. Yekini collected N40m each to throw their support for Ize-Iyamu. Oshiomhole also gave N5m each to councilors to switch loyalty and support the APC candidate.”

Opposing the accusations, the deputy speaker said, “I do not think that one will collect money to remain in his party. You only collect money to defect to other parties.”

Also, a statement by Benjamin Atu, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Shaibu pledged the continued dedication of Obaseki to continue to develop Edo state and ensure that opportunities were created for the people.

He said, “With a dedicated focus on development and synergy with relevant development partners, we restored the pride and dignity of Edo State. Edo State was a gloomy state when we took over the administration but today the story is different.

Shaibu stated that rather than attempting to truncate the government of Obaseki for not allocating the wealth of the state among some people, Oshiomhole, and party’s governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, should acknowledge the ingenuity and resilience of the Obaseki’s administration towards exterminate poverty in the state.


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