APC Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has come out to say that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is jealous of how popular he is.
According to Oshiomhole, Obaseki has no reason to accuse him of engaging thugs just because he has a lot of people supporting him and making him feel at home whenever he visits his state.
He also said he has never attempted to undermine the security architecture in Edo, and it is Obaseki who has engaged in brigandage.
His words, “The governor should stop being jealous of Oshiomhole’s popularity in Edo State. He is a man that is at home with his people haven performed creditably well as the governor of Edo State. So each time he is around both men and women gather around him, particularly APC members and of course the youths. It is said that the governor in his usual style to blackmail the APC chairman now refer the hardworking youths of Edo State as thugs, forgetting that these same wonderful youths supported him during his election as governor. Right from Oshiomhole’s days in the labour movement, he has always been on the side of the people, therefore cannot abandon that to please a governor who believes he has a monopoly of knowledge.
“Talking about security, it is actually the governor who is making every effort to plunge the state into crisis and bloodshed. The last Saturday’s siege at the residence of the national chairman by his thugs was a good example. Before that incident, state government-sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 LGA because the APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration. People are being sacked in their jobs every day in the state.
“So he should stop blackmailing Oshiomhole and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power. We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce the National Chairman into giving him details of his movement in Edo State. Who knows what he is plotting again. But every evil plot against Oshiomhole will fail. He has not hurt anyone and no man except God can hurt”, Oshiomhole said in the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem.
“Is Edo CP lending himself as a tool in the hands of desperate politicians?”, Oshiomhole accused the police boss of trivializing a serious issue.
“I don’t want to believe that the Edo State Police Commissioner, Dan Mallam Muhammed, is gratuitously lending himself as a tool in the hands of some desperate and misguided politicians in Edo State whose pastime is to malign the reputation and public image of the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“Apparently propelled by selfish interest, this tribe of politicians has unconscionably ensconced itself in the devious plot of feeding the people of Edo State with a misconstruction of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole persona in order to galvanise negative public sentiments against him. Commissioner of Police Dan Mallam Muhammed has most probably been taken in by this political gambit of trivializing and rationalizing, by the way, he had done, an incident that had serious circumstantial implications for the safety of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”