…As APC Chieftain says: ‘Why we are at war with Obaseki’***
An enterprenuer and developer of the Gelegele Beach, in Ovia North East Local Governement Area of Edo, Mr Olu Omaghomi on Sunday highlighted that the beach when completed, will generate no fewer than 5000 direct and indirect jobs.
Omaghomi stated this in Benin on Sunday while speaking on the reason for embarking on the ambitious project.
He said aside creating jobs, the beach is meant to expose the tourism potential of the state to the outside world.
He said the Gelegele beach, which will be the first beach in the entire state, would cost N69 million and would open up economic activities of nine communities in the area and by extension, the state.
The developer, who said no less than N11 million had already been expanded on the project, however, said support, in form of collaboration was needed to fast track the completion of the project.
According to him, “For now, I am solely responsible for the amount of work that has been spent here, and I dare say that a lot has been achieved with much more still needed to be done.
“Basically, opening of the land, sand filling/dredging of the location has been done. The next line of action is to begin planting of trees, building of an artificial pool, floating boat, water bike and chalets”, he indicated, noting that when completed, the beach would have facilities such as floating bar, Golf court, Bush bars among others.
“Apart from the need to create jobs and expose the tourism potential of Gegegele to the world, it must be known also that the community is a historic one, it was through it that the British invaded Benin in 1897.
“This is in addition to the fact that Gelegele, an Ijaw community, has been abandoned by successive governments of Edo State.
Gelegele is also an oil producing community and home to the Gelegele forest reserve and marine activities; the Gelegele river links Lagos through the atlantic ocean,” he stated.
In the meantime, a chieftain of the APC in Edo, Gen. Charles Airhavbere, on Sunday explained that a faction of the APC is at loggerheads with Gov. Godwin Obaseki because the governor has “refused to listen to voice of reason.’’
Speaking in Benin, Airhavbere, a former soldier turned politician, said that Obaseki lacked interpersonal skills needed to make the difference in the exalted office.
The party chieftain said that the governor had resorted to use of raw power in dealing with his political associates, a development, he said, had alienated many APC stalwarts in the state.
Edo State is billed for governorship polls next August.
Airhavbere, who contested for the plum job with Obaseki in 2016, said the APC would never know peace in Edo with the way the governor was relating with other members of the party.
He said that contrary to what Obaseki wanted people to believe, agitations in the state were not because of “stomach infrastructure’’ or a quest for the resources of the state by the party members.
“It was never about godfather and god-son struggling for the control of government or resources of the state.
“It is all about ensuring governance with human face and our resolve is to check the destructive approach to governance in Edo State and put our party on the path of moral rectitude, transparency and inclusion.
“The struggle is all about a governor who lacks interpersonal relationship skill; who is vindictive and repelled by the presence of his party members and without provocation, resorts to anger and pugnacious display of raw power.’’
Airhavbere said that Obaseki had failed to fulfil his electoral promises and had refused to embrace dialogue, consultation, negotiation and compromise.
“This is a governor who believes in all ramifications that he is above the people and who has suddenly become a tyrant.
“We cannot fold our arms and watch helplessly. With these traits, it is obvious that the governor was never psychologically and emotionally prepared to be a leader.”
The party chief said it was because of these issues that ‘authentic’ members of the party came together on Nov. 13, to abolish the Edo Peoples Movement and suspend the governor, his deputy Philip Shaibu and the Secretary to State Government, Mr Osarodion Ogie.
He said that the suspension was also to send a signal to Obaseki that it was not going to be business as usual in the countdown to upcoming governorship elections.
“Edo is the only APC state in the South-South and we are not ready to lose the state.”
Airhavbere said that APC members remained loyal to the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, assuring that everything would be done to protect the party from people bent on destroying it.
But reacting to the latest developments in the APC, the Edo Commissioner for Information, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, said the intra-party crisis was a battle for dominance and liberation between the national chairman of the party and the governor.
He described the purported suspension of Obaseki and other people from the party as an exercise in futility.
The commissioner said that Airhavbere and his group were being used to embarrass the governor, stressing that the governor was elected by the people and that the disgruntled APC members lacked powers to suspend him.
He recalled that the South-South Vice-Chairman of the party, Mr Elias Enag, had since described the suspension as null and void.
Ohonbamu described Obaseki as a “beautiful damsel of democracy’’, who is being sought by many political parties.