PDP Challenge Obaseki: Prosecute Oshiomhole, others for fraud in five Star hospital

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, says the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, sacked the only commissioner he nominated into his cabinet. Oshiomhole, who is the immediate past governor of Edo State, said this during an interview on Channels Television on Saturday. He said the irony was that Obaseki took the drastic action after a reconciliatory meeting which was attended by some APC stalwarts including Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State. The APC chairman said, “We have no argument over money or appointment… In the meeting we held with four governors, including Governor Bagudu, I asked the governor, how many commissioners I nominated into his cabinet. He agreed that I only nominated one person out of more than 20 commissioners. “Not many Nigerians will believe that because for me I was out of government and I have convinced myself that the day I step out of government, that is it. After that first meeting, the governor decided to remove that one commissioner along with seven others. But that is not my business.” Oshiomhole, who has been at loggerheads with his successor in the last couple of months, said he was also disturbed that Obaseki decided to abandon some of his projects. The former, however, assured his successor that he was not under any threat. He said, “The governor can never tell you that I have interfered in his choice of projects and so on. The only thing I feel a bit worried about is that some of the projects we started together have been abandoned. There is no way to solve disagreements without talking to the aggrieved parties. “Let me assure you. This governor is not under threat. It is those who make money from crisis, those I call merchants of confusion, who can tell the governor that he wants to be impeached. What will I gain if Godwin does not run a second term?” Obaseki and Oshiomhole’s feud deepened in June when the former issued a letter of proclamation for the inauguration of the House of Assembly. The inauguration subsequently took place at night in the absence of lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole, thereby making it possible for those loyal to Obaseki to emerge as presiding officers of the Assembly. The move was said to have infuriated Oshiomhole and the APC leadership, causing the National Assembly to threaten to take over the state legislature. Oshiomhole’s brother, Seidu, was also violently attacked during the crisis that ensued.

The People’s Democratic Party in Edo State has called on Governor Godwin Obaseki to begin prosecution of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons connected with the awarding, poor execution and commissioning of the state multi-billion naira five-star Benin City Central Hospital.PDP Challenge Obaseki: Prosecute Oshiomhole, others for fraud in five Star hospital

PDP said its call was based on last week’s reports that the Edo State mulled probing the central hospital.

The PDP commended Governor Obaseki for taking a bold step to calling for a probe into the building despite the fact that he was a part of the government that initiated the project.

State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to begin its anti-corruption crusade from Edo State

Chief Orbih noted that for the state government must have gotten evidence for it to have come out to say that the project was fraudulent and a scam.

Orbih said the hospital was built at an inflated rate when compared with others in its neighbouring states.

His words, “By 2016, the government had wasted over N10,267,413,000.00 and every year, the Obaseki Government have been allocating and spending millions of Naira to “complete” the already commissioned project.

“By way of comparison, the specialist new hospital (NOT WARD) in Calabar with comprehensive package of secondary gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, internal medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, laboratory services, Basic cardiology, Dermatology and other medical services was built, equipped and commissioned at a cost of N6.4 Billion. The Akwa Ibom and Bauchi specialists hospitals were constructed at even lower costs”, he said.

“Before the government will come out with a statement that the central hospital today is a fraud, a scam, they must have seen even more documents than the ones that are available to the public.

“They have come to a conclusion that that project is a scam. What is expected by the government is to immediately put in place actions that will bring all those connected with the fraud to book.

“They should be charged to court and let do justice to the case. It has been established by the government that the contract was overinflated, the contract awarded was fully paid for and those who were supposed to supply the system failed to supply the equipment which they were paid.

“Interestingly, after several past denials and defense by Godwin Obaseki’s government, they have now come out to admit that the project is a fraud.

“They stated that the phased opening of the Hospital to public use is as a result of fraud in the contract and non-supply of equipment fully paid for by the government,” he said.