Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has described his immediate predecessor and national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as a serial and pathological liar that must not be taken seriously.
Rebutting claims by Oshiomhole as to his electoral strength and delivery for the APC, Obaseki said that the APC under his watch did better in Edo State in 2019 as compared to Oshiomhole’s stint as governor in 2015.
In the statement articulated on his behalf by his special adviser on communications, Crusoe Osagie, he said:
According to him, “In 2015, when Oshiomhole was governor, he polled 208,469 votes against Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) 286,869, with a 78,400 deficit. While in 2019, under Obaseki, the APC scored 267,842, while the PDP got 275,691, with a 7,849 marginal loss.
“In the House of Representatives, the state had 4 seats for the APC, against 5 for the PDP in 2015, while in 2019, under Obaseki, the APC won 5 seats, against the PDP’s 4. In the State House of Assembly, the APC won the entire 24 seats, which never happened under Oshiomhole’s administration.
“It bears repeating that the governor won his unit and ward in the general election and the marginal losses that the APC suffered in the state were orchestrated by Comrade Oshiomhole, who connived with some elements within the party to sabotage the APC, especially in Edo South in an attempt to de-market the governor politically.
“Chief among the collaborators with Oshiomhole to sabotage the president’s election in Edo South is Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, who did not only dislodge APC’s agents at the polling booths, but also funded the opposition in some units and wards to enable them have an upper hand against the APC.”
He added, “Another instance where Oshiomhole told a blatant lie in the full glare of the public was when Governor Obaseki went to the former governor’s residence in Iyamho during the last Sallah celebration. Oshiomhole told the world that he had no issue with Obaseki and that what people were witnessing was a media construction. This has since turned out to be far from the truth.
“The suspended National Chairman also said that he appointed only one Commissioner in the Governor’s cabinet. This is false, as it couldn’t have been possible since he picked a good number of the people who work with the governor, including the Deputy Governor, Comrade Shaibu; Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, and many others.
“On another occasion, the former Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Dan Mallam, publicly debunked the lie by Oshiomhole that his Benin residence was attacked. The CP categorically said the claim was false and that the Police, which ought to be in the know, could confirm that there was no attack on Oshiomhole’s house.”
He said that the events that played out at the private residence of Comrade Oshiomhole when Governor Obaseki, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Dr. Aderemi Makanjuola and other guests were attacked also exposed the lies of Oshiomhole.
“Comrade Oshiomhole after the incident said that the attack was carried out by Comrade Shaibu, but the same Shaibu was in the vehicle that was attacked. So, this goes to show that Oshiomhole never tells the truth.”
Observing that the former governor does not stick to one story, he concluded: “It is rather unfortunate. It is the manifestation of this that we see with the crisis associated with different chapters of the APC across the country.”