Governor Adams Oshiomhole
Ahead of the July 14 governorship election in Edo State, a Special Adviser in the office of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonnayinma, who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has stepped up mobilisation of electorate in Ikpoba-Okha local government area for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Major General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd).
Agbonnayinma, who was a close confidant of Oshiomhole, took his vote-for-Airhiavbere campaign to his kinsmen and women at the weekend, in what many described as “formal home-coming after he resigned from the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government early this year.”
He said at a rally where he addressed thousands of youths and market women as well as other members and leaders of the ACN who followed him to the PDP that Airhiavbere had agreed to establish a University of Science and Technology in the local government when voted into office.
According to Agbonnayinma, “I stand before you today to denounce the irresponsible neglect that this Local Government has suffered for close to four years under Oshiomhole’s government; no single development project has been executed in this Local Government and we have over 240,000 registered voters here.
“There is no single road; there is no single hospital; there is no single market built by the government of the day in our local government; from Wards 1 to 10, there is nothing on ground to show as Oshiomhole democracy dividends to our people; the only road that we can see here is the one being constructed by the Federal Government.”
Amid the thunderous chants of “EJ, EJ, EJ (abbreviation of Ehiozuwa Johnson),” Agbonnayinma said Airhiavbere “has pledged to industrialise Ikpoba-Okha local government area, build roads, markets and create quick employment by revamping the grounded Bendel Breweries in the area.”
He lamented that the incumbent governor has borrowed so much that Edo sons and daughters would be perpetually mortgaged.
Agbonnayinma said it was inconceivable that “a governor who professes to be people-oriented and presents to be austere in outlook would lose his sense of discretion by embarking on the building of a multi-billion naira mansion and estate in his Iyamho village.”
The occasion was attended by the state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, the governorship candidate, Airhiavbere, a leader of the party in Edo South, Captain Hosa Okunbo, former Defence Minister, Gen. Godwin Abbe; and former Senate Chief Whip; Senator Rowland Owie, among others.