Why I rejected PDP’s N250,000 —Edo ‘go & die’ widow •Also says: ‘I’ve forgiven Oshiomhole’

Posted by News Express | 5 December 2013 | 3,164 times

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Mrs Joy Ifijeh, the widow who was rebuked by Governor Adams Oshiomhole for blocking the road with her goods, says she snubbed the offer of N250,000 by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because she was satisfied with the apology and offer of a job and N2m by the Governor.

She also said she is not ready to be used as a pawn by the PDP on the chessboard of politics, advising the party to give the said money to another widow instead.

She disclosed this yesterday during the presentation of her letter of appointment into the Edo State War Against Indiscipline to her by Special Adviser to Governor Oshiomhole on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, at the Government House in Benin City.

“I want to thank Oshiomhole sincerely for this appointment and I wish to state that I have forgiven him from the bottom of my heart. And for the money promised me by PDP let them give it to other widows. I do not need the money,” Mrs. Ifijeh said.

She described the governor’s gesture as humane and promised to support the government policies and programmes in the state.

Earlier, while presenting the appointment letter, Mr. Afegbua, had described the appointment as in fulfilment of Comrade Oshiomhole promise to offer the widow employment into the service of the Government.

He said the appointment became effective two days ago (December 3), saying she is expected to resume conform to the ethics of her position.

The life of Mrs. Ifijeh, who was publicly humiliated by Oshiomhole two weeks ago and told to “go and die” as she pleaded for mercy, changed when the governor bowed to public pressure, invited her and her son to the Government House on Monday, shared tea with the woman and directly apologised to her. In addition, Oshiomhole gave her N2 million and promised her employment while also offering her son scholarship.

•Photo shows Oshiomhole and Mrs. Ifijeh sharing tea, on Monday at the Government House. The governor has kept his promise of giving her a job.


Source: News Express

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