PDP questions Obaseki stake in ‘Ruga settlement’

PDP questions Obaseki stake in ‘Ruga settlement’

The Peoples Democratic party, PDP, has questioned Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki in the proposed controversial cattle village otherwise known as “Ruga settlement” by the federal government, alleging that his silence means consent. The State party chairman, Mr Dan Orbih stated this at a Media briefing on Monday in Benin City, Edo State Capital. He


The Peoples Democratic party, PDP, has questioned Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki in the proposed controversial cattle village otherwise known as “Ruga settlement” by the federal government, alleging that his silence means consent.

The State party chairman, Mr Dan Orbih stated this at a Media briefing on Monday in Benin City, Edo State Capital.

A HERDER WITH HIS CATTLE

He however urge the governor to make a categorical statement on the debate which has generated much hoopla.

Orbih, advised him not to use Ruga as a bargaining chip for his re-election bid by putting the interest of Edo people above personal interest of a select few who seem to have undermine the security risk nomadic herdsmen and farmers conflicts have cost Nigeria.

“It is alleged and feared that the APC government of Godwin Obaseki has indeed conceded land to the federal government for a pilot programme”. 

EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI

“Governor Obaseki must understand that our land is our heritage. He must realize that land is finite and cannot be used in exchange for political bargains and favor”, he said.

 According to him, “Governor Obaseki must listen to Edo people. Listen to the cries of traumatized victims of Fulani herdsmen, widows and widowers, orphans and family members who have borrowed to pay ransom for kidnapped victims”.

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Continuing, Orbih  said:  “at a time other states assemblies, Benue especially, are passing resolutions,  directing and supporting their governor on their rejection of RUGA Settlements, majority of Edo members-elect are yet to take their seats in assembly”.

Commenting on the unending bickering in Edo Assembly, the PDP chairman, urged the warring factions to out aside their political difference and think about the greater interest of the State.
 
“The people are anxiously awaiting to see all the 24 members of the assembly go to work for those who gave them the mandate to represent them.

MR. DAN ORBIH, PDP CHAIRMAN, EDO STATE

“We sincerely sympathies with Edo people over the unpleasant political happenings in the state. It is indeed sad to observe that after 11 years of APC government in the state, what they bequeath to Edo people is bickering, vendetta, corruption, hate and Ruga Settlement,” he stated. 

The Special Adviser on Communication to the governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie could not be reached for comment even as text messages sent to his mobile phone was not responded to.

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