Tell Us How Much Tax You Pay For Your N10 Billion House In Iyamho, London, US, Dubai, South Africa – Igbinedion To Oshiohmole
The governor said “Based on the powers vested in me, as the elected Governor of Edo State, I used those privileges to revoke the over 200,000 hectares of land that the Igbinedion, the son gave to Igbinedion the father. I revoked it and I returned it to government.
“Igbinedion takes this land and gives this land to cocoa farmers, some of them from Edo, some from Yoruba land. These cocoa farmers will farm and sweat to grow their cocoa on government land, Igbinedion will sit in his house on which he is not paying ground rent and is collecting royalties.
“Is Igbinedion the Oba of Benin? The great Oba of the great Benin Kingdom never subjected his people to that level of exploitation. Can you accept that one chief collects royalties as if he is a traditional ruler.”
In a swift response, the former governor in a statement on Saturday asked Oshiohmole to account for the trillions of naira he has generated through IGR in the state.
Igbinedion said “He should explain to the people of Edo State how he spent the federal allocations and internal generated revenues running into trillions naira in seven years.
“He should tell the people of Edo how much he is paying as land tax for his house in Iyamho worth over N10bn and other properties he has acquired in the last seven years in Dubai, Cape Town in South Africa, in San Francisco, United States of America, a high rise apartment in Atlanta also in America and in London. He is calling everybody a thief but Oshiomhole is the biggest thief in Benin City today.”
He said that his financial transaction as a governor is open for everyone to see, adding that the governor’s accusation is meant to divert the people attention from his failing administration.
He said “Oshiomhole has failed; the people of Edo State now know him better. Oshiomhole is the least qualified person to talk about corruption in the country today because his actions and programmes in the last seven years in Edo State epitomise corruption.
“He has called everybody in Nigeria a thief; has called former President Olusegun Obasanjo a thief; called former President Goodluck Jonathan a thief, he called (ex-Minister of Finance, Ngozi) Okojo-Iweala a thief, and others. Yet, he cannot prove his cases. I don’t think he knows the meaning of a thief.
“He lives in the glass house and throws stones. President Muhammadu Buhari will soon find out the real Oshiomhole by the time we provide documents against him.”