366 views | Emmanuel Anthony | August 11, 2020
The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, on Monday warned that National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; ex-APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje are working towards creating a great calamity in Nigeria.
The Deputy Governor warned Edo indigenes to stay away from the APC leaders because they will bring calamity to the state.
The Deputy Governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Benjamin Atu also urged people of the state to distance themselves from APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He accused them of putting Nigeria’s unity, nascent democracy, security and economic wellbeing on the line.
In a statement, the Deputy Governor said: ‘ the ’Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and some members of the Edo State House of Assembly are inviting a far greater calamity on Nigeria. Their actions have sent wrong signals to members of the international community.
“The people of Edo State should distance themselves from Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “Oshiomhole, Bola Tinubu and Ganduje as symbols of impunity.”
He also berated Tinubu and Oshiomhole over their alleged undemocratic conduct over the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly.
“Oshiomhole, Tinubu and some members of the Edo State House of Assembly, the political ditch Oshiomhole plunged himself into, the creation of a polity with high public morality and the way Obaseki went about meeting the people’s expectations,” he said.
Shaibu also emphasized the complete subservience of Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu to some alleged masters in Lagos, Kano and Imo States amounted to massive coercion, lies, hypocrisy and masquerading.
‘’Edo State cannot return to subservience. We must put an end to godfatherism. Governor Godwin Obaseki is an asset and knows the needs and interests of the common people. Governor Obaseki also understands the essential features of Edo State and he is acting on this understanding to change them and make them serve the common people,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship election, Nyesom Wike, has alleged plans from some quarters to scuttle the Edo State Governorship election in September in a desperate effort to remove Governor Godwin Obaseki from Office.
Governor Wike said this while briefing newsmen at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Wike stated that the alleged plan is to scuttle the governorship election in Edo State because the All Progressives Congress is scared of a free and fair election.
Chairman of the Edo PDP Campaign Council also alleged plans by security agencies to compromise the Sept. 11 elections in Edo State.
He added that the Campaign Council has intercepted intelligence reports on how security agencies intend to execute their plans in Edo, which will be exposed in a few weeks.
“Why is the APC so confident about what will happen. It is because they think that they have security on their side. But in a week’s time, we will roll-out all their game plans as regards security in this election. We will roll-out their game plans with all the security to rig this election.
“We know the modus operandi of security in this election. When they want to rig the election, we know what they do. We have gathered enough intelligence on what they intend to do and we can tell you, we would scuttle it.
“If I were the IG or the Chief of Army Staff, I will use this election to tell Nigerians that our country can be better so that if we had been accused before, we can use this election to correct it.
“And then INEC too should come and make Nigerians have confidence in them. And we want to say that the statement made by the INEC Chairman, saying that if there is violence, they will stop the election.
In that case, you will play to the hands of the opposition, because what they want to do is make sure that there is more violence and then the election will not hold and then by November, Obaseki’s tenure would have ended. That is why they went ahead to do that illegal inauguration of their own Speaker of the House of Assembly.
“They (APC) are not interested in the election. All they want is to cause enough violence so that INEC can cancel or suspend the election and then wait till November when Obaseki’s tenure would have ended. We know all this system,” Wike said.