By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—EDO State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that Governor Godwin Obaseki has long concluded plans to cede community lands in the state for cattle rearing.
The party therefore, warned the state government against ceding an inch of Edo land for cattle grazing, adding that even if it told President Muhammadu Buhari that it had the mandate of Edo people, he should delist the state from the pilot scheme for cattle ranching in the country
State chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, who made the disclosure weekend, while addressing thousands of defectors from All Progressives Congress, APC and Labour Party, said President Buhari should replace Edo State with Kastina, his own state, so that the pilot scheme can start from there.
Orbih also warned President Buhari not to turn himself into a dictator through the issuing of Executive Order 6, insisting that apart from it being unconstitutional, the era of Decree 4 had gone for ever in the history of Nigeria.
He said, “I have seen that Governor Obaseki is not here in the interest of Edo State. All that I have seen in the past one year and some months is that there is a conscious attempt by the governor to turn the state into a grazing field for cattle rearing by herdsmen.
“Let me say it here that he has concluded plans long ago to use parts of our land for cattle ranching. Let me send a strong message to Obaseki that on no condition must he cede an inch of Edo land for cattle ranching.”