A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Mr. Charles Idahosa, has described as worrisome the none constitution of cabinet by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He also expressed surprise that the state governor has refused to put modalities in place for the passage of the anti- open grazing bill.
Idahosa, a former Political Adviser to ex- governor Adams Oshiomhole, and now chieftain of the PDP, who stated this in Benin City yesterday while fielding questions from journalists ahead of his 68th birthday which comes up on September 21, further lamented the frustration of former APC members who defected to the PDP with Obaseki, but have been left in the lurch.
According to him, ” I am worried that there will be no cabinet after close to one year. We are not happy, I must make that clear to you. ”
Although Idahosa commended Obaseki’ s performance in office through numerous achievements, he nevertheless reiterated his worry over his delay in constituting a cabinet.
He also pointed out that though the constitution did not give the president or governors time frame to constitute a cabinet, there ought to have been a cabinet in place by now in the state.
On anti- open grazing, he declare: ” I am not comfortable with Edo State not passing the Anti- Open Grazing Bill as agreed by the Southern Governors’ Forum at Asaba in Delta State, noting that it is Obaseki’ s Government and that the day of report card would come. ”
Idahosa described the PDP crisis as unfortunate, saying if not arrested, it would affect the party’ s fortune in the 2023 general elections.
” We are really at a crossroads. All of us who left the APC with Obaseki to PDP, we don’ t know where we are. So, we are just watching.
” We didn’ t cross the Ts and dot the Is before joining because the time was so short. There was no proper negotiation, ” he explained.
On insecurity, the PDP chieftain noted that the pervading insecurity in the country has eclipsed the good achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in infrastructures, especially in the development of rail and road construction.
He said Buhari has made some remarkable achievements in some sectors of the nation’ s economy and should not be judged based on insecurity alone.