By Gabriel Enogholase Voters in Okpuje
Ilueha in Owan West local government area of Edo state have vowed not to come out on Election Day if the only road linking them with Uzebba is not constructed. Spokesmen for the over seven communities in Okpuje – Ilueha who spoke with visiting newsmen, said that their refrain as far as the forthcoming governorship election is concerned is that, “No road, no votes”, insisting that the construction of the road has become political. They recalled the contract for the construction of the road which they now termed “political road” was first awarded by a former PDP local government chairman in the area, saying that the aspect of the area that was constructed collapsed after six months. One of the spokesmen, Mr. Moses Aisia, a former Supervisory Councillor in Owan West Local Government Area, disclosed that precisely on 6th June, 2016, Governor Adams Oshiomhole came to flag- off the construction of the road, adding that since then nothing has been done. He recalled that in 2007, when campaigning, Oshiomhole promised to construct the road if elected and repeated the same promise when seeking a return for a second term in office. “We are tired of empty promises and we have decided here that we will not cast our votes if the road is not constructed. We will not vote for any party if this road is not constructed. Our parents cannot survive without this road because this is the only link with other neigbouring communities and we can no longer evacuate our farm produce because we are predominately farmers here”, he said. Another spokesperson, Mr. Stephen John simply added that the governor came to flag- off the road with the aim of deceiving the people to vote for the APC candidate, adding that they cannot be deceived again. According to him, “we pay over N300 on motorcycles to Uzebba, a distance of only five kilometers. What favour have we really got from this government?