Oshiomhole, Obaseki’s Battle Is Hurting Edo People, Says Prof Omoregie
- Says Oshiomhole administration was full of propaganda and noisemaking
Professor Edoba Bright Omoregie lecturer at the department of private and property law, Faculty of Law, University of Benin said on Saturday that the fight between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor Adam Oshiomhole profits no one.
He expressed worry while reacting to NAIJA CENTER NEWS that the people of Edo state bear the brunt of the battle.
Omoregie, however, said that the duo are allowing their personal interest to conflict with their official duties.
Obaseki and Oshiomhole have been at logger head over leadership in the state. Many feared that Oshiomhole might apply the popular Ambode treatment against his former political son.
This means that, Oshiomhole, who has lost control over Obaseki might use his political will to stop Obaseki’s second term ambition.
In his reaction, the University Professor said “I think it’s beyond one person vanquishing the other.
“What are they fighting over? Obaseki says he has no problem with this godfather. The godfather has refused to alter a word.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s clear that both are pricing their personal interest above that of the state and their political party.
“I personally believe that in all the confusion and tension, it’s the people that are suffering the brunt. In the last few weeks, there has been no functioning legislative branch in the state. That’s unhealthy for democratic development of Edo State and the country as a whole.
“Is that what the people bargained for? It took days of outcry for the governor to issue a proclamation. When he eventually did, it fell short of what is expected, with the result that the process of clandestine inauguration has naturally created even more problems than before the proclamation was issued.
“The newly inaugurated house has adjourned sitting to mid-July during which period, one (actually the most crucial) arm is not fully constituted. My candid belief is that the entire situation is totally unacceptable. “
Omoregie refused to comment on the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state who accused the governor of neglect. The professor said “I have no opinion on that. It’s a matter within the domestic purview of their party.”
The Coming Governorship Election:
Omoregie said the next gubernatorial election will be an interesting one, noting that the state still needs “responsible governance”
He said “Am sure you mean the gubernatorial election? 2020 is still far. Definitely, it will be competitive and very interesting. As far as am concerned, the state is still in dire need of responsible governance in many sectors, 20 years after democracy was restored. A lot has been left to be desired. For example, where are the 200 thousand jobs that were promised?”
Comparison Between Oshiomhole and Obaseki’s Administration
The lecturer described Oshiomhole’s administration as an era of propaganda and noisemaking, compared to Obaseki.
He said “His predecessor had far more allocations and punished Edo people with indiscriminate taxes and levies. Yet, his tenure was notable for propaganda and noisemaking. Obaseki has been focused on giving grandiose impressions while ignoring low-hanging pathologies of governance.
“His intervention in early childhood education has been innovative in technical input, but the funding gaps remain a concern. The regime of lack of transparency and unaccountable governance remains a serious problem. There’s no congruence between appropriation and the actual delivery of democratic dividends. These are pointers to underperformance. Executive aggrandizement and lawlessness continuous. Edo State and its people deserve far better.”
Prof Omoregie called on the protagonists in the mess to step back and reconcile themselves to the very reason they have been afforded the privilege to serve at this point in our political life.
He urged them to price the security and welfare of the people of Edo State over their personal political interests by settling their differences without further ado.