26 April 2010

Nigeria: I'm Not a Bench Warmer, Sen Braimoh Replies Igbafe

Benin — THE Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District, Senator Yisa Braimoh, has described as laughable claims by a chieftain of Action Congress, AC, Mrs Evelyn Igbafe, who described him as a "bench warmer" and poor representative of the people of the district in the Senate.

It would be recalled that Igbafe, who recently defected to AC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had accused Senator Braimoh of being a failure in the Senate and urged the people of the zone to vote him out, saying "he is a product of the godfather".

However, Braimoh who reacted through the Director-General of Yisa Braimoh Campaign Organisation, YIBCO, Mr. Oisamoje, said "achievements of Senator Yisa Braimoh in Edo North are comparable to the moon whose shinning prowess nobody, even the blind, can deny its existence.

"Probably, Mrs Igbafe was not in Edo State on the 25 July 2009 when the Executive Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, commissioned the state-of-the-art special school for the physically challenged people in Edo North.

"The school which is worth over N30 million, was built and donated by Senator Braimoh from his personal resources to Edo State government.

"The occasion provided opportunity for the comrade governor who, irrespective of party affiliation, told the august gathering which included royal fathers of Afemai that Senator Braimoh is a pride to Edo North and also deserves more years at the Senate.

"Without any fear of contradiction, Senator Braimoh ranks among the senators with quality motions and bills in the National Assembly.

"Our appeal to Mrs Igbafe, is to contest the AC Edo North senatorial primaries and emerge as the AC candidate and challenge the popularity of Senator Yisa Braimoh at the 2011 polls."

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