- Hon Osaigbovo Iyoha noted that Nigeria was presently going through a lot of hardship
- The Edo lawmaker said the old tradition of going to Abuja for money has ended
- He dismissed report that APC members were threatening to decamp to the PDP
Hon Osaigbovo Iyoha has said that the era of trooping to Abuja to collect money has disappeared due to the low price of oil and the hardship in the country.
According to report, Iyoha who is representing Oredo East constituency in the Edo state House of Assembly was responding to report that members of the All Progressives Congress where threatening to decamp to other parties because the governor was not providing good welfare package.
The lawmaker described the report as false insisting that the governor did not owe them and that they could not have demanded fund to go to the United States for the purpose of attending Edo Convention knowing the financial state of the country.
“As far as I am concerned, the governor is not owing us any entitlement. We have been paid as at when due. We know things are difficult at this time in this country. It is not something akin to only Edo.
“There is general hardship in the country due to drop in the price of oil. You no longer go to Abuja think there is a bazaar there.
“We do not expect the governor to secure loans to service a few people. Whenever we vote for the governor to borrow money, we know it is for the good of the state. The governor is not owing us any entitlement.”
“It is not true the governor has refused to release money for overseas trip. If things get better, there is no reason for the governor not to approve for such trip. If the money is not there, I do not know what magic you want the governor to perform. The governor has been supporting the lawmakers and the House has been responsive.
“We are not starved of fund. The man is working. If Edo people are happy with the governor, I think the lawmakers should be happy because they are the representatives of the people.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to end corruption in all ramifications in Nigeria.
Buhari made the promise at the launch of an anti-corruption campaign, tagged “The Value Project” in Abuja on Thursday, February 16.
The president who was represented by the minister of state for education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said looting of public funds, bribery of public officials and other vices associated with corrupt practices constitute more than half the real problems of the nation.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video of a Nigerian accusing the APC of corruption: