Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:03 am
The disagreement between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and the Igbinedion family continued on Monday with thousands of women taking to the streets of Benin in support of Oshiomhole.
The massive protest by the women dressed in white and bearing placards, was a counter offensive against an earlier protest staged last week Tuesday by women loyal to father of former governor Lucky Igbinedion, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, with some of them going half nude, amidst swearing and cursing.
But in contrast, the women during yesterday’s protest, wore white and bore placards with various inscriptions.
Some of the placards read: “Igbinedion, leave Oshiomhole alone; No vacancy in Osadebey House, APC has come to stay; Enemy of Edo people, leave Oshiomhole alone; and Our Governor respects elders.”
The women who were drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state, marched through the King’s Square and ended their protest at the Government House where they were addressed by Governor Oshiomhole.
Representatives of the women groups who spoke in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo languages, expressed solidarity and support for the governor for his developmental strides in the state, adding; “we are in white for purity. You’re loved. We support you.”
Responding, Governor Oshiomhole who thanked the women for their support, noted that their white smybolized peace and development for the state.
He assured the protesters that he will continue to do his best to make dividends of democracy available to the state before the end of his administration, adding that he would remain focused and avoid any distraction from his distractors.
It would be recalled that Governor Oshiomhole and the Igbinedion family had been engaged in a war of words over alleged mismanagement of state funds and implementation of the state’s Land Use Charge Law.