The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo says the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has no basis for criticising the government.
Patrick Ojebuoboh, Edo APC acting publicity secretary, said this in a statement issued on Sunday.
The development comes amid criticism by the APC against Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, over the latter’s comments on developmental efforts in the state.
According to Ojebuoboh, the Edo chapter of the APC only exists through press releases.
“With the spectacular failure that the APC has exhibited at the national level, the party has left the nation’s economy in shreds, setting bandits on the loose across the country and abandoning the people in unprecedented hardship with astronomical energy and food prices that are beyond the reach of the common man,” the statement reads.
“It is easy to see why Edo State APC has degenerated from a stage where it was just limping, to its present condition of being completely comatose.
“The PDP, as well as the government and people of Edo State, is calling on the comatose party, to either put an end to the joke called the All Progressives Congress in Edo State and come over to the only party alive in the state, which is the PDP, or merge with other small political parties in order to make reasonable impact.
“One wonders why the party would be living in unfortunate denial of the impact being made in the education sector, including the rollout of the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) 2.0, which is impacting the lives of not less than 400,000 pupils and students across the state.
“The revamp of the tertiary education system has also led to the creation of tri-campus colleges such as the Edo State College of Education with campuses in Abudu, Igueben and Afuze and the Edo State College of Agriculture with campuses in Iguoriakhi, Agenebode and Uromi as well as the world-class College of Nursing Sciences.
“The spread of infrastructure projects in the state has also bewildered APC penpushers. From an ultra-modern Central Bus Terminal to massive erosion control and road construction projects across the state’s three senatorial districts, to the expanding distribution infrastructure of Ossiomo Power Company, which has delivered 95MW out of the 550MW of power it has planned for Edo, the state is virtually saturated. But the dead APC is too inactive to take note of these developments.
“The government has ensured uninterrupted payment of salary to workers and pensioners in the state as well as a cordial relationship that has ensured a harmonious working environment in the state.
“The Edo State Security Network is a common feature in communities and neighbourhoods. Working in close relations with the federal security structure, the security network has ensured safety and returned normalcy to our neighbourhoods. This has led to reduction of urban crime and other forms of criminality.
“The public is again urged to ignore the rantings of the APC, as they remain a disgrace to opposition politics.
“The PDP-led government has been busy with deepening development and would not be distracted by the dying kicks of the failed party.”