Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says he has made Edo State one of the most transparent in the country.
Mr Obaseki was responding on Tuesday to allegation by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of Concerned PDP Members that he siphoned state funds through bloated contracts using his company, Afrinvest Ltd.
The governor said in a statement by his spokesman Crusoe Osagie: “Our attention has been drawn to the baseless petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) published in the media on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
“In the petition, one Andrew Egboigbe, who is said to be a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 3, Orhionmwon LGA of Edo State, accused Gov. Obaseki of unfair award of contracts to companies.
“The allegation is false and a feeble attempt to tarnish the image of the Edo State Governor.
“Edo, under Gov. Obaseki, prides herself as one of the most transparent states in the management of finances.
“As a matter of fact, Edo has been rated highly by the World Bank and other development institutions for her openness and transparency in the allocation of scarce resources, beginning with the process of making her budget, awards of contracts and release of funds to contractors.”
Obaseki stated that his administration understood that during electioneering such “bogus and baseless claims” could be sponsored by the opposition.