Between APC’s Colossal Defeat and the Resurrection of Street Trading In Benin Metropolis
By Edoko Wilson Edoko
BENIN – Many months after the official swearing in of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as Governor of Edo state, tongues were wagging on how he will transform the state through his urban renewal drive.
Suddenly, christened “Wake and See” governor by wishful thinkers, we were hoodwinked by somewhat emergency conscriptions in our major markets and the usual bubbling roadside motor parks with long distant trekking and hike in transport fares.
Nevertheless, this saw many hapless women and youths caught in the act of street trading, being charged to mobile courts without fair hearing and subsequently thrown into prison, or forced to part with outrageous fines.
After much lamentations, these victims of the Governor’s fangs expressed their outrage by voting against the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the February, 23rd election which was won in Edo by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), winning overwhelmingly in the Presidential, Senatorial and House of Reps polls under the watchful eyes of their Pharaoh – National chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole who hails from Edo.
“Lo and behold”, while the APC members are gnashing their teeth and counting their losses over the abysmal performance of their party, we heard the news of an apology march to government house, how demeaning.
However, before then residents woke up to witness the resurrection of street traders and “Tuke-tuke” drivers taking over major roads, markets.
If I may ask, has Governor Obaseki been playing a script all along with his urban renewal drive?
Or should I say, he has just realized that there is great gain in the kind of politics learnt under the tutelage of his godfather, Oshiomhole whose principle isn’t far from what is now experienced in our streets today, to him is the only way out of his current predicaments?
Of course, the people are wiser not to fall for the serpentine antics of the APC skewed towards deceiving them not to vote for a more viable alternative to occupy the Chief Mike Enahoro complex, devoid of rubber stamp legislators presently in the house.
All we ask for come Saturday March 9th, 2019 as the Edo state house of assembly election draw close is a balanced house which will help make people oriented laws, sharpen policy formulation, checkmate their activities and excesses of executive arm of government.
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