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No School Head Was Summoned By Oshiomhole -Commissioner

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Posted: Jul 30, 2016 at 6:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo


Benin – Edo State Government on Friday denied that Governor Adams Oshiomhole summoned a school head for allowing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to use Okpujie Primary School in Uromi for its campaign in Edo Central Senatorial district.

The government also described as untrue allegations by the PDP that it refunded money paid by the PDP for the use of public school fields and other public places for electioneering campaigns.

The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, was said to have accused the state government of denying the party use of public property for its campaigns.

The State Commissioner for Education, Gideon Obhakhan, while denying all the allegations in a chat with newsmen said it was difficult to refund any money paid into the state Internally Generated Revenue account.

Obhakhan challenged the PDP to show evidence of its application and payment for the use of school field and other public places across the state.

He pointed out that the APC-led administration believed in equity and fairness and as such gives equal opportunity to everybody in the state to use public facilities.

The Education Commissioner said there was no evidence to show that the PDP paid for the use of any school field and was denied access.

According to him, “As far as they apply, they pay and it is approved, they are allowed to use it. There is no evidence from our record to show that the PDP paid and they were denied. There was no request from them to use any primary school and there was nothing that was denied. They have used other primary schools and there was no denial.

“To say a school head was sanctioned is the figments of their own imagination because there is no record to show that anybody has been sanctioned or queried for allowing use of Okpujie Primary school because there is no reason for denying them the use of the school.

Their allegation is not going to prevent APC from winning the election. They are free to use any school as far as they follow due process. I heard they said they paid and somebody refunded the money. How do you get money from the IGR account as if it is one man’s business. Raising sentiment in the public will not help their course because their past government was a failed one.

“When you want to work, you have to be in a secluded place. The cry from his colleagues was that, they needed to know what he had done, that is their quarrel. And we appropriately reported to the Speaker who told us clearly, this is the way we are going to handle it. And we all accepted”, he stated.

He condemned the use of the word “padding”, saying that there was no way the Speaker or anybody could have padded the budget which clearly falls within the purview of the National Assembly and by delegation, the Appropriation Committee for legislation on behalf of Nigerians.

The committee also had some words of admonition for its former chairman, saying; “We therefore request that Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin should tow the path of honour and conduct himself in a manner befitting an Honourable Member of the House of Representatives”.