Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole says the former PDP-led Federal Government lacked the willingness to fight corruption, hence his inability to probe the administration of former Governor, Lucky Igbinedion, until now.
Oshiomhole said on Saturday, that he’s chosen to probe Igbinedion because the APC government is interested in prosecuting corrupt politicians, as opposed to the last government.
The governor stated this while speaking at a colloquim organised by the state government to interact with the people of Edo State.
Oshiomhole said: “There were things I could not do under PDP. People asked me, ‘why didn’t you speak all these years?’. If I say it, what difference would it have made? Now I can talk because I know that the man there, if I can provide evidence, he will act. There was no point reporting a thief to an armed robber.”
“A Commissioner of Police came to my office a few years ago and brought an instruction from Abuja that I should be stopped from intruding into the Ovoranwnem Square, that I was vandalizing Federal Government property and violating federal territories.
“Given the new balance of forces in Abuja, I have directed that they resume rebuilding the water fountain and to re-grass it and I also said that that place should not be turned to a car park. Until we got rid of the PDP, anybody I sent to carry out such task did so at great risk to their freedom.”
“I am not going to waste my precious time dealing with the opposition. We are ready to engage with real civil societies. They have a signature House in Abuja and they know what they pay there. They have a house in Bishop Avenue in London occupying 1,300 square meters, whether the one owned by the father or the son, they have properties in South Africa and they pay land use charge for those properties whether they live there or not”.