Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday, responded to comments recently made by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, stating that the former Governor is falsifying the facts which are obvious to the public.
Obaseki mentioned that Oshiomhole begged to let him nominate only one commissioner in his successor’s government thereby debunking allegations against him that he was playing the role of a godfather in the state.
The Special Adviser to Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, stated this in a release from the Government House in Benin, in response to a published interview granted by Oshiomhole on Friday.
He stated that in 2016, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, did not only pick the next state governor, he also picked the deputy governor, the Secretary to the State Government, and also compiled the list of commissioners in his living room.
According to the statement, Osagie said that “The ease with which he lies, especially on issues that are public knowledge, underscores the content of his character and portends an existential threat to the survival of the APC and the impeccable integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is forced to continuously engage with Oshiomhole, being the national chairman of his party."
He further questioned the actions of the Comrade
"If indeed Oshiomhole appointed only Mika Amanokha to Governor Obaseki’s cabinet, why then did the former governor scream to the high heavens and embark on vitriolic media attacks against Obaseki when the governor reshuffled his cabinet, taking out some persons who were sabotaging the administration at the behest of Adams Oshiomhole.”
It was noted that Oshiomhole has not kept his dishonesty and inability to abide by due process and the provisions of the constitution to his destructive activities in Edo’s political space; he has exported it to the federal level of government, placing the Presidency under undue pressure and leading them to make decisions that run afoul of due process and the constitution.
He cited a recent incidence stating that in the President's absence, "Oshiomhole got top officials at the Presidency to approve the composition of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, made up of his cronies, apparently in violation of the existing rules."