The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday rejected an offer from Governor Godwin Obaseki to work with his administration for the development of the state.
Obaseki had while reacting to the judgement of the Supreme Court which upheld his election and dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, urged the opposition to join hands with his government to move the state forward.
He, however, advised opposition parties not to expect any appointments from his administration, adding that he would only respect the dictates of his party, the All Progressives Congress.
But the state Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, told journalists at a press briefing in Benin City that the party would not accept any appointment as it did not believe in the vision of the governor.
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“The appointment that will come from God is the one we are interested in, not the one by Godwin Obaseki. So, Godwin Obaseki, keep your appointment; we don’t believe in whatever you have to offer,” Orbih added.
He said that in spite of the court ruling, the PDP had achieved a lot as a viable opposition and would continue to be the conscience of the people.
Orbih said, “The issues are clear. We are a political party and we believe in this party. We have already achieved much for the people of this state without a lot of people realising it.
“I want to assure you (that) we are not going to relent. We will continue the way it has been. We will continue to be the conscience of the people and advance the course of our party until victory is achieved.”
Also, the opposition party challenged the state government to explain how the two tranches of the Paris Club refund it got from the Federal Government were utilised.
Some aggrieved state and local government pensioners, under the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, had on Thursday and Friday staged a protest against the non-payment of their pension arrears and gratuities.
The protesters, who claimed that they were owed between five and 42 months, also appealed to Obaseki to pay the outstanding monthly pensions and gratuities owed them with the second tranche of the Paris Club refund.
Governor Obaseki said during a meeting with members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria that no state pensioner was owed any entitlements, adding that the state government was not responsible for the payment of retired civil servants at the local government levels.
But Orbih alleged that the funds may have been diverted for other purposes other than the payment of outstanding pensions.
Efforts to get the governor’s reaction to the matter through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. John Mayaki, were unsuccessful.