Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Obaseki masterminded attack on me, Oshiomhole cries out

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By Ibrahim Sha’aban
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has accused the governor of  Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki of mobilizing thugs to attack him over the weekend during the convocation of Edo state University, Iyamho.
Speaking during a press conference Sunday in his Abuja residence, Mr Oshiomhole who pointedly told the governor to rein on his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, said Edo state does not need thugs in its politics and governance architecture.He absolved himself of sponsoring attacks on guests who he had invited for lunch, saying it was unthinkable that he would attack his own guests.

“I decided that I should use this medium to speak to the unfortunate incident that happened in my community yesterday (Saturday) after the convocation ceremony at the Edo University. Like I already directed my press secretary to do yesterday, obviously it was my decision to invite the Chancellor and his entourage including His Royal Majesties, Oba Akiolu, Oba Otudeko and other dignitaries.

“I personally invited them to join me for lunch which they graciously accepted and so it is unthinkable that I will invite people for lunch and I will make arrangements to disrupt or prevent my guests from coming to my house. So, any suggestion that I had an idea of what happened, nothing can be farther from the truth.

“When I discovered that something had gone wrong, I went to the gate and by then they had gone. I tried to speak with the governor. I called him, the phone rang out but at least I was able to speak with the Chancellor and his wife and I am happy that they fully understood. However, this whole thing was unfortunate because it was organized by the state government. By Thursday evening, and you can crosscheck with the IGP, I had information that the Deputy Governor asked some people to organize 1, 000 people to the university community. The whole idea was for them to boo me and celebrate it in the media that the comrade-chairman was booed in his own community. The CBN Governor who delivered the convocation lecture was also a witness.

“The CBN governor was not invited to address a rally, he was invited to deliver a convocation lecture and he wasn’t going to talk to those thugs who were wearing all kinds of inscriptions. They didn’t come for a political rally. I conveyed the message to the IGP to prevent thugs being imported to the place by the deputy governor. Some few minutes later the governor himself arrived and Mr. Emefiele went to him and said to him, ‘what are these people doing here?’ He said Mr. Governor, if those people were there, he wasn’t going to deliver the convocation lecture because he didn’t come to do politics, he just came to perform a normal intellectual activity which was the convocation lecture. The governor promised to get the people out of the university. You can imagine, it is easier to mobilize thugs into a place but it is far more difficult to demobilize them. So, we had to meander into the auditorium where the lecture was to be delivered and of course, you could hear all sorts of slogans and counter slogans. This was exactly what they had planned and the whole idea was they would have their cameras waiting. As I step out, people will be booing me and the media will report that Oshiomhole booed when he attended the convocation ceremony. That was the whole idea”, he said.

Mr Oshiomhole who asked the go et or to rein in his deputy, said as a two-time governor of the state, he can never govern the state again, wondering why the series of attacks on him.

The APC National Chairman also disclosed that he has no issue with the governor, explaining how he had done his best in reconciling Mr Obaseki with aggrieved stakeholders in the state.

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