Edo: How Obaseki hijacked LG funds – APC 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has slammed Governor Godwin Obaseki for awarding himself a clean bill of financial health as one prudent state executive that distances self from local government funds.

While describing the governor’s statement as “a tissue of lies”, the opposition party also labelled his appointments of sole administrators for  local governments as illegal.

In a statement on Sunday, the APC appealed to the federal government to immediately withhold all local government funds until elected councils are put in place in Edo state.

Mr. Victor Ofure Osehobo, the assistant state publicity secretary of the party, quoted the Chairman of APC, Col David Imuse RTD, to have made the statement.

The APC chairman said: “Local government is supposed to be independent and self-sufficient, but in Edo state, Mr Obaseki has taken over their responsibility by collecting their revenue. This must stop forthwith as it has become intolerable.

“We also strongly condemn the perpetual refusal of the government to conduct local government council elections. 

“It is very evident that the factional PDP government in Edo State is terribly afraid of conducting local government council elections because the embarrassing defeat that will befall it shall be monumental.

“And the unconstitutionality and illegality of the appointment, inauguration of Sole Administrators who the governor called liason officers as against democratically elected councils had been settled in section 1(2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”