The President of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Edo County, Col David Imuse Rtd. Called on Gov Godwin Obaseki to resign immediately from office due to security problems in the state. In a tweet, Col Imuse believed that Obaseki had run out of ideas about how to rule the state.According to him, the call has become important because the governor has failed in his duties to protect the lives of the people of Edo, has demonstrated blatant disrespect for the rule of law, and his personal interest is in contrast with his official interest.
‘He has failed in duty to uphold his oath of office to protect the lives and properties of Edo citizens, his penchant for disobeying court orders and his decision to plunge Edo state into more indebtedness with his recent clandestine borrowing of N25 billion from the capital market as the reasons for his call’
‘No one is safe in Edo. The state is under siege. We have a governor who has lost focus. Fear and insecurity have become the order of the day, yet the Governor takes N700 million monthly as security vote. And so far he has not been able to deploy this huge amount to mobilise the security agencies in the state to fight criminality”.
On a recent decision by the High Court of Benin, Col Imuse observed that the governor did not have an iodine of reverence for the judiciary and legislative arms of the government or the rule of law, but frequently appeals to the courts on the most spurious of excuses.
‘A court recently ruled that the duly elected chairman of Etsako East Local Government Council who was illegally removed from office should go back to his seat. But the Governor, in disobedience of the Court, mobilised thugs to seal up the entrance of the Council Secretariat at Agenebode, denying the Chairman access’
‘Because Edo state is designed to be governed by relevant laws”, Col Imuse said, “Edo APC is ready to take the bull by the horns, as it can no longer condone a governor who has no regard for the rule of law”.
The President of Edo APC, who also blamed Governor Obaseki for making Edo the third most indebted state in the world, wondered why he would clandestinely borrow the amount of N25 billion from the capital market without asking the citizens of Edo.
‘This loan is unacceptable to Edo people and Governor Obaseki must urgently return it or cancel it outrightly because it is to be repaid by Edo taxpayers and to make matters worse, his own company, Afrinvest is the stockbroker for the facility. This action of the governor is not only illegal, there is a clash of interest he added.