The former governor of Edo State and currently the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, proved he is not a happy man on Tuesday, November 19, as he accused the deputy governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, of betraying him after he helped the latter to power.
Oshiomhole, who called Shaibu his ‘son’, lamented that the deputy governor tried to humiliate him by bringing thugs to the home of the national chairman of the APC in Iyamho, Edo state, recently.
According to Oshiomhole, Shaibu is not the only one that had betrayed him.
He said some other people he had helped while he was governor have turned their backs on him because they got contracts from the state government.
Stressing that he was disappointed in Shaibu, Oshiomhole said even in death, he would not have believed that the deputy governor would join forces with those fighting him.
According to The Nation reported that Oshiomhole made the comments when he received some supporters in Iyamho.
“There is nothing I have done in life that I didn’t have to fight for, but as you can see by the special grace of God there is no fight that I was forced into that I have not prevailed because I do not go out of my way to look for trouble.
“The only thing I will say today to anyone who is here who is an agent of my son…when I talk of my son, I am talking of Philip Shiabu who now thinks that his own political future requires that he attacks me and import thugs to disgrace me in my village…,” Oshiomhole said.
Oshiomhole, who called on God to take control, added: “Supposing I was dead after 2016 and somebody tells me that my son Philip will organise people to attack my house or to attack my village to disrupt the convocation maybe my body will be turning in heaven and I will not believe it.”
He noted that in the 2016 governorship election in Edo, Shaibu did not win his polling unit because his people rejected him because they may have known him far more than he (Oshiomhole) knew.
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He, however, said during that period, he stood by Shaibu to become the deputy governor.
“If all that transpired now is to use that power to humiliate me but God forbid… as you can see, who can fight the battle, it is only God, so I leave the burden of guilt to them.
‘’I will not repay evil with evil. I will stand on the path of peace. I will stand on the path of unity. I will stand on the path of justice because I know that God in heaven will never allow the evildoer to prevail,” he said.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, should observe protocols while visiting the state in order to ensure less acrimony.
The governor who stated this in a statement issued on Tuesday by his special adviser on media, communication and public affairs, Crusoe Osagie, insisted that Oshiomhole was never attacked in the state as being alleged.
He stressed that the former governor never informed his office, Commissioner of Police or State Director of the Department of State Service (DSS) for security, while on visit to the state.
Obaseki maintained that he had no knowledge of the alleged attack on the residence of the APC National Chairman, adding that the report of the State Commissioner of Police, DanMallam Muhammed gave more credence to his claim.
The governor stressed that the allegations of attack came as a result of mindset of some person to cause problem in the state.
He stated: “When he wants to come to the state, he does not inform the governor, the police or the DSS but the thugs.
As a former governor he ought to be informing the governor and security agencies each time he is coming into the state.
“The commissioner of Police has declared the state peaceful but Oshiomhole and his cohorts were bent on making it ungovernable. But this l know the governor and security agencies would not allow.”
The governor noted that Oshiomhole as a former governor should not undermine the capacity and integrity of the police.
It would be recalled that the Edo State governorship election slated for next year has pitched the state governor against the APC National Chairman.
The governor therefore called on government functionaries and political office holders to be circumspect in commenting on the allegations of attack against the former governor of the State.