from Tony Osauzo
AS politicians in Edo State embark on war of words over the September 10 governorship election, Benin Crown Prince and Edaiken N’ Uselu, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has advised the gladiators not to heat up the polity with their utterances.
He gave the advice yesterday when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and leaders of the party paid him a courtesy visit in his palace at Uselu, headquarters of Egor Local Government Area.
He also enjoined politicians in the state to play politics without bitterness. This is coming as Ize-Iyamu promised to ensure that local government areas in the state were granted autonomy to enable them perform their constitutional responsibilities.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Uselu, Ize-Iyamu noted that the financial crisis, facing local government areas in Edo State was as a result of tampering with their funds from the federation account by the government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
“Local government councils in Edo State cannot pay salaries of their workers because the state government tampers with their allocations. I am assuring you that if I am elected as governor, I will not touch allocations meant for local governments and I will ensure they enjoy autonomy, so that they can function.
“I will not make promises that I cannot keep. Whatever we promise, we will do. For Egor Local
Government Council workers, I want to assure them that I will pay the salary arrears owed
them.” While remarking that Egor council was bereft of social amenities, such as good roads, schools, potable water among others, the governorship candidate assured that his government would build primary healthcare centres, promote tourism and industries, employ teachers and pay bursary and scholarships to students.