The South Senatorial District of the Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have come out strongly against what it regards as a desecration of Bini traditional institutions by the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Edo state.
In a release signed by the party’s Vice Chairman for Edo South; Chief Lucky Imasuen, he stated that “It has come to the notice of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, Edo South Senatorial District the desperate action of ACN Government, Edo State in giving huge sums of money to a prominent Edo South politician for onward disbursement to the Enigies in Edo South.”
Chief Imasuen railed against “the unwholesome action” that has seen the state government enticing the Traditional Dukes (Enigies) with “huge sums of money in addition to cars and SUVs” to buy their support for the incumbent Governor in the gubernatorial election which comes up in the state in July.
The Party described the act as “illegal, undemocratic and a politicization of our revered Traditional Institution.”
“The money that he throws illegally around could be well used to give deserving students scholarships and bursaries and establish industries or revive dead ones like the Bendel Breweries, Edo Line etc to curb increase in unemployment rate.”
Chief Imasuen encouraged the Binis “to resist this grand design to disrespect them through buying their conscience by a governor whose only relationship with the Edo People is giving out dehumanizing handouts for support.”
Accusing the Governor Oshiomhole of bias and concentrating projects in his native Edo North District, Imasuen said that “Developments in Governor Oshiomhole’s local government area belies everything he has done elsewhere”.
“Governor Oshiomhole, if he means well should convene a meeting himself and at a town hall and showcase his achievements in Bini speaking areas and let the people decide instead of clandestinely doling out money for support.”
The PDP Chieftain admonished that “the Binis have a duty now to themselves to decide what position they want to occupy in the next political arrangement. Their son, General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd.) seeks their support in the forthcoming elections and he stands as the beacon of hope for our people and the entire people of Edo State.”
“The Binis are a proud race and cannot stoop low to the level that Governor Oshiomhole wishes to reduce them. The Governor must leave the traditional institution out of politics. That institution cannot accept gratification to betray her own. The institution is just not for sale. We urge all Edo people especially the Binis to reject Governor Oshiomhole and his politics of deceit and propaganda.” Chief Imasuen concluded.