The Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu has accused the deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, of collecting N40 million from the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole to support the September 19 governorship election candidate of the party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Recall that the state deputy speaker alongside Emmanuel Agbaje, who is a member representing Akoko-Edo constituency (II) on Sunday pledged their support for Ize-Iyamu though all the 24 members of the state House of Assembly are in the APC.
Philip Shaibu while addressing the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lampese, Akoko-Edo Local Government Areas, Shaibu alleged that Yekini Idiaye, who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency (I), and Emmanuel Agbaje who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency (II), were paid N40 million each to influence their support for Ize-Iyamu.
Shaibu said, “Honorable Agbaje and Honorable Yekini collected N40 million each to throw their support for Ize-Iyamu. Oshiomhole also gave N5 million each to councillors to switch loyalty and support the APC candidate”.
However, whilst still addressing the crowd, Shaibu called on the people of Akoko-Edo LGA to ask their representatives at the state’s House of Assembly for their share of the N40 million given to each of them by Oshiomhole.
He further stated, “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”.
Shaibu released a statement through his spokesperson, Benjamin Atu promising that the state governor, Godwin Obaseki would continue to develop the state and ensure that opportunities were made available to the people.
On a final note, Shaibu noted that rather than fighting the government 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 eradicating poverty in the state.