The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has affirmed that no one is more deserving to be called an emperor than former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Reacting to a recent statement by the former President, saying governors live like emperors while hindering the local governments from performing their statutory functions, Oshiomhole said such claims do not apply to him or his administration.
The Comrade governor who spoke through the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Agbua said perhaps Obasanjo was referring to governors that ruled between 1999 and 2007 when he was in power.
According to the governor, Obasanjo exhibited traits of an emperor during his tenures as military head of state and civilian president, adding that on his part he has been able to manage the meager resources in the state in a transparent manner.
“The former president was a member of the PDP until a few weeks to the general elections when he tore
his membership card. He may be referring to PDP governors whom he presided over. He may have information about PDP governors whom he presided over that he wanted to share.
“Our economic infrastructure is second to none in the history of this state. The PDP presided over this state for a period of ten years and they left a tale of woes, neglect and discredit infrastructure. Today we have converted that sorry state to a sweetened state by virtues of the economic infrastructure we
have put in place.
“It will be a wrong estimation for anybody to put Oshiomhole in the rank of those who are called emperors. We don’t own a private jet in this state. Others have and they don’t have the means to sustaining it. We don’t live an exorbitant lifestyle. The governor’s office is the same except that we
renovated it to give it a facelift.
“Go round and ask local government chairmen. Oshiomhole does not touch local government money. The directive he gave was that they should pay primary school teachers as a first line charge because of his commitment to education.
“When there was an interregnum, he saved money for the local governments. Some got as much as N800m. They inherited it because Oshiomhole saved the money for elected chairmen,” Oshiomole said.