The Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Orbih yesterday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of inflicting pain, hunger and excessive taxes on the people of the state.
Assessing Governor Godwin Obaseki administration’s one year in office, he said the government had done nothing apart from increasing taxes for the people.
His words: “If you want us to do an assessment of this government, I will tell you that I will not shy away from the conclusion that Obaseki’s one year in office is one of unmitigated suffering, hunger and insensitivity to the plight of Edo people.”
Orbih also rubbished the recently concluded economic summit in the state, which is expected to bring in investors from the private sector into the state.
The PDP also berated government over its alleged failure to tackle insecurity and improve the poor state of healthcare in the state among others.
Orbih said the APC government has lost touch with the people of the state following its inability to live up to its electioneering campaign promises after one year in office.
He said insecurity, comatose state of the government owned hospitals in the state, non-payment of pensioners arrears and gratuity spanning several years, bad roads, high taxation burden on the state residents were begging for attention.
But in a swift reaction, Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the Obaseki-led administration was forward looking and has since moved on with result-oriented governance, backed by millions of discerning Edo people.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) again demonstrated its lack of capacity to appreciate the new direction the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration is taking the state, with the opposition party’s consistent embarrassing comments on the well thought-out programmes of the APC,” he said in a statement.