The Edo State Chairman of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Osi Orbih says the party will not allow the All Progressives Congress government of Mr. Godwin Obaseki to establish cattle colonies in the state.
Orbih, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists on Tuesday said that a careful survey of the political landscape of the state clearly reveals that Obaseki’s actions were anti-people and do not mean well for the ordinary man.
“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 the Fulani herdsmen.
“Let me say it here that he has concluded plans long ago to use great 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 to the Fulani herdsmen.
“Going by the public outcry against this move, he came out with a statement and speaks with both sides of his mouth. In one breath, he said he will not give land and in another breath, he said the government is prepared to welcome all those who want to invest in any private business because we know that ranching is a private business.
“When you want to force the people and take their land by force and turn those lands into cattle ranching, it is like going from here to the North to tell the people there that you are going to use their irrigation fields for pig rearing and farms.
“We know that it is not in their culture to rear pigs. Will they not resist it? That is how we will resist the attempt to turn Edo State into a grazing field for cattle,” Orbih said.