The Senate Deputy Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena representing Edo North Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has lashed out at another aspirant contending for his seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Abubakar Momoh, saying that the people of Etsako community and Afemai land are tired of politicians who has never voted for others but always seeking the vote of the people.
According to him, ” Since the inception of Democracy in 1999 till date, he has constantly seek for elective position without him voting for others, yet he has no project to his credit.”
Hon. Momoh who is the PDP candidate for Edo North 2019 election has been a councillor, Local Government Chairman, Member of the State House of Assembly and a former member representing Etsako Federal Constituency at the National Assembly.
“How can a man be so selfish and self seeking? Afemai people have constantly voted for Hon Momoh in different political platforms without any project to his credit,” Alimikhena queried.
The Deputy Whip of the Senate who is also the APC Senatorial Candidate for Edo North has therefore invited the PDP candidate in the Edo North Senatorial race to an open performance debate on their performances as legislators at the National Assembly.
Hon. Momoh in a newspaper publication, Wednesday allegedly accused Senator Alimikhena of not executing any projects in Owan and Akoko Edo local governments, the zone of the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
However, Alimikhena in a press statement by his Personal Assistant, Media and Publicity, Mr. Benjamin Atu described the allegations by Hon Momoh is public disgrace and a display of ignorance of happenings in Edo North.
“Momoh lack knowledge of the senatorial district he is struggling to represent. If Momoh knows his onions he would have realised that Senator Alimikhena got a second term automatic ticket on the confidence of the Edo North leaders based on the numerous projects to his credit.”
According to the statement, Senator Alimikhena ascended his height on the ladder of trust reposed in him through his service which connected him to his people without being involved in political activities.
“It was this trust earned by Senator Francis Alimikhena that made his ascentary by the masses of Edo North a reality. He has taken the trust of the people as a deposit and has therefore, made conscious efforts to make gains with the deposit of trust that was given to him.
“The massive infrastructural development and human capital development in Edo North is a deliberate effort by the Edo North Senator in ensuring that the wellbeing of the people are paramount to him.
“Senator Francis Alimikhena has inspire more trust of the Edo North masses by his action. Trust is earned, it is never given. Previous senators have failed to earned the trust of the people because they do not connect to the people emotionally through their performance.
Hon Momoh is on the wrong side of history and the people of Etsako are looking forward to the electoral year when Hon Abubakar Momoh will queue as a Nigerian to vote for others rather than always seeking for people to vote for him.”
On the accusation that Senator Alimikhena has not executed any project in Owan and Akoko Edo, the Senator wondered where Hon. Momoh was when he (Alimikhena) constructed the Akoko Edo and Ibillo Township road as well as schools and borehole projects all in Akoko Edo Local Government
and when he also constructed the Igarra road phase 1 as well as boreholes and several school projects in Sobe and Uzzeba respectively, all in Owan Local government. “If all the above project are true then Hon Momoh should go bury his face in shame,” he said.