Governorship candidates of the political parties in Edo State [today, June 27, 2012] commended the modest efforts of the state government at repositioning the state in the areas of health care services, infrastructural development, education, employment generation and rural electrification.
They however said that they are gunning for the Osadebe Avenue because they believe they have better plans to improve on what is on ground.
On health, Prince Frank Onaivi Ukonga ofthe Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP) said: “We are not here to run down anybody, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has done well in the area of healthcare. He has already started well by giving free medical services to citizens of 60years and above.”
He also commended Comrade Oshiomhole for instilling discipline in the citizenry and cultivating the culture of queuing for intra-city bus services in the state.
On rural electrification, the candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Mr. Paul Orunwense, while acknowledging the state Government’s effort in this area, said: “with all respect to the Comrade Governor, there is still a lot to be done”, while Mr. Roland Izebuwa of the Congress for progressive Change (CPC) said, “despite what Adams Oshiomhole has done there are still communities that need to be given light’’.
However, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, General Charles Airhiavbere blamed failures in the state on past leadership from 1999 to 2007, a period during which his party was in office.
Only the Labour Candidate, Mr AndrewIgwemoh was absent at the debate which will round off on July 5.