Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government has de­stroyed the nation’s economy.

Speaking to a coalition of women from across the 18 lo­cal government areas of the state, led by Chief Evelyn Ig­bafe, who paid him a solidarity visit on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said: “PDP has mismanaged the economy. You can all see that you need about N220 now to buy $1. When PDP took over power in 1999, $1 was between N60 and N65.

“They have destroyed the economy. After 16 years, PDP cannot give light to Edo people and upon the darkness, they are using their might to collect what they call fixed charges from very poor people and because there is no light, the woman that has to grind pepper has to buy a generator; because there is no light, the woman that grinds cassava has to buy a generator; because there is no light, the woman who has to sell articles at night has to buy a generator.

“I like what the Benin lead­ers are saying. We cannot say this is what we have gained from the PDP and because we are working, they are very afraid. When I see the PDP chairman of the state wearing multiple colours and talking, using all his time abusing Os­hiomhole, but fails to spend some minutes to say what the PDP has done in 10 years, I laugh.

“When you are going now, pass through the Central Hos­pital to see the beautiful work that is being done there. This is what is giving the PDP sleep­less nights because all the evil plans they had against that hos­pital did not work. Before APC came, PDP asked students to pay school fees. We have stopped all of that. If you have two three children in school and you do not pay school fees for any of them, is that not ex­tra savings? Under PDP, they were paying for schools that did not have roofs and chairs.

“So, when they are trying to divert attention from the main issues, you should check­mate them. Now over the few weeks, when the PDP is not able to pay salaries in some state, we have started working on Queen Ede Erosion site, we have flagged off construction of 2nd East Circular Road, we are working on another erosion site in Ekenhuan Road, we are repairing Ihama Road and oth­er roads in the G.R.A. as well as St Savior Road, Uwasota, Auchi Erosion site and many others.

“There are still many things to be done because the dam­ages done by PDP in 10 years cannot be repaired in six years. I want to promise you that we will continue to do our best.”