Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on Wednesday said that Nigerians had yet to enjoy meaningful socio-economic development because of the oppression of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said that the citizens as well as critical sectors of the economy had continued to suffer under the 16-year leadership of the PDP because the party “is dedicated to preserve the privileges of the few”.
The governor further described the PDP as “an impotent man”, who could no longer bring development to the country after 16 years.
He spoke while receiving defectors from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Among the defectors was a three-time House of Representatives member, Mr. Ehiogie West-Idahosa; the National President of Goodluck for Transformation and State Women Coordinator, Mrs. Evelyn Igbafe; and a founding member of the PDP, Roland Ehigiamusoe.
Oshiomhole accused the Federal Government of denying Nigerians the benefit of the country’s rich oil deposits, in addition to subjecting the citizens to hardship through epileptic power supply.
He said, “Today is not just the fact of the huge number in this hall but it is also about the quality of the brains that have now join us; and in a world that is knowledge-driven, it is only the party that can parade the best brains that can drive the sustainable change that Nigeria is currently battling with in order to bail our people from its present political quagmire.
“The man who has a shop must close by 6 pm. If he operates beyond 6pm, he must put on a generator, and buy petrol or diesel. For 16 years, PDP can’t give us light. But if they were to leave us in peace even in the dark, it will be bad enough but for them, that is not bad enough.
“From Otuoke to Benin City, to Lagos, to Ekpoma, to Iyahmo, to Sokoto, kerosene is now between N150 and N160 per litre. For every N150 you spend in buying a litre of kerosene, PDP steals N100 because in the books of NNPC, they have it on records that kerosene is N50 per litre”.