Friday, 18 July 2014

No plan to impeach Oshiomhole — PDP

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has said that it was not interested in the alleged plan to impeach the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole. Reacting to statement credited to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that the party had allegedly offered N75 million to lawmakers to impeach the governor, the party said the allegation was unfounded and a figment of their imagination. Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who spoke with journalists in Benin, the state capital, on Thursday, said the constitution provided conditions and processes to be followed in matters relating to impeachment and that the statements credited to the duo of Oshiomhole and Oyegun could not be correct. “It is only the elected representatives of the people who can impeach the governor
of a state. If they feel the governor of Edo State has committed impeachable offences, they should look at it. “ However, as for us as a party, we are not interested in his impeachment; he should continue to do the work for which he was elected by the Edo people. “For us in the PDP, we are looking forward to the elections of 2015 and 2016, when we shall teach the APC a political lesson. “It is obvious that the APC is afraid of a crushing defeat come 2015 and 2016, hence, it is singing this worn-out tune,” Orbih remarked. On the alleged offering of N75 million to each legislator by his party for the impeachment exercise, he noted that it was shameful that the APC members talked as if money no longer had value. “How do you expect the PDP to give that huge amount of money to lawmakers, who have only a few months to stay in office? “There is no sense spending such money on the legislators. If we have such money, we will spend it to provide amenities for our people, he said.” He, however, warned that Edo PDP would resist any attempt by the state government to collapse the legislative arm of government into the executive, describing the move as undemocratic. Commenting on the allegation that the PDP was intimidating and haranguing opposition governors with impeachment as in the case of Adamawa and Nassarawa states, he accused the APC of being agent of destabilisation, saying that they had no roadmap to achieving peace in the country.

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