PDP Defrauded Edo Of $31m Over Avan Cement – Oshiomhole
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor, has revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in Edo State allegedly received $31million from the coffers of the state government to fraudulently set up the Avan Cement factory in Akoko-Edo in the name of an individual.
Oshiomhole pointed out that his administration had employed the services of some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) with a view to pursuing the matter and recover the factory fully to the state government, while disclosing that those involved in what he described as the illicit deal would be prosecuted.
Governor Oshiomhole stated this when the campaign train of the APC candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, stormed Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, on Monday.
He said: “All the problems we are suffering today is as a result of the bad leadership of the PDP both in Edo State during their ten years reign and the 16 years they led this country.
“The PDP government in Edo State took 31 million dollars from the Edo State government account to set up the Avan Cement factory in the name of an individual and gave Edo State 15 per cent, but that factory is hundred per cent Edo State asset.
“That is why we have told our people to monitor, the last time I heard they were trying to steal the asset after I revealed what I saw in the books, we arrested some of the guys and handed them to the police. Giving the natural endowment we have in Akoko Edo, when we bring that factory into operation by reclaiming the ownership from the thieves, we will employ our people there.
“Because you cannot take 31million dollars from the Edo state government account and you set up a business and you call it a private business, we will not accept that.
“We have already briefed Senior Advocates to ensure that that factory is returned to the government of Edo state. And it will be Godwin’s pleasure to bring that factory into work. He will create jobs with it.
“PDP killed our state and we can never go back to Egypt. Things are tough today in Nigeria because of how PDP looted this nation and today one fake Pastor is coming from the god fathers that he wants to be governor, we will punish them with our votes.”