Posted by Benjamin Atu, Benin City | 23 May 2017 | 1,568 times
Former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Deputy Governor of the State Comrade Philip Shaibu, the Secretary to the Edo State Government Barr. Osarodion Ogie and other leaders of the state have distanced themselves from the political travails of Mr Blessing Agbomere, who has taken to the media to criticise the leadership of the state. Agbomere had levelled allegations against them over his frustration and losses at the governorship and the House of Representative primary election.
Rising from an enlarged meeting in Auchi the Edo North Political Forum has vowed to give their backing and support to the current leadership of the state despite the ongoing campaign by the embittered Agbomhere. The group frowned at the politicisation of personal ambition against the overall interest of the people of Edo State.
In a communiqué signed by the Secretary of the Forum, Benjamin Atu, the group accused Agbomhere of endangering the unity, peace and progress of the state and resolved that he will be made to answer questions from relevant security agencies of government in due time. They also condemned the protest led by Agbomhere against the former Governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the incumbent Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu in Auchi.
“By virtue of the fact that he is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and a former aspirant, he ought to be a peace builder. It is ironical that a political office seeker who ought to be a justice of peace will twist facts, lead an illegal protest knowing the security implications, just to score a selfish political point,” the group said.
The leaders warned that they would not allow the selfish ambition of some foreign politicians to derail the development of the state.
Wondering why the good names of Oshiomhole, Shaibu and Ogie should be tarnished to justify personal satisfaction, Atu advised critics of Shaibu to define the objectives and strategies of their struggles more clearly than degenerate into abuses, lies and wild allegations against the best legislator, which Edo State has ever produced since the creation of the state. He cautioned them to sharpen their pen for proper research and investigation about the above personalities before yielding themselves to cheap black mail.
The communiqué described the publication with the title: “Why Oshiomhole, Shaibu and Ogie Want Blessing Agbomhere Dead” as a reckless utterance and ridiculous. It further questioned: “Of what relevance is Blessing Agbomhere to the people of Edo State that made him feel so important? Adams Oshiomhole and Philip Shaibu became popular in Nigeria as freedom fighters and it will be wrong for anyone to describe them as tormentors of the oppressed despite their political track record, which has revolutionised the entire state.”
The group described Agbohmere as “a legless man who wants to teach others how to run. A man who knows the way yet cannot drive the car. He is therefore expected to withdrew his words and apologise to the leadership of the state over his reckless utterances and be of good character with respect for constituted authority.”
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