Four years ago, you called him the backbone of the economic success of your eight-year government as Governor. The same four years ago, you publicly lacerated the image of another person, that as a cultist in UNIBEN, he bathed a fellow student with acid, leading to his rustication for two years. You publicly swore “before God”, that Ize-Iyamu was not an individual who could be trusted with the public till, reason you refused to give him an appointment. Yes, you know he is currently on trial by the EFCC for alleged corruption. Yet, he is your new saint. Four years ago when he was not yet charged for corruption, you didn’t find him fit to be Governor but now that he is on trial for alleged corruption, that is the time he is fit to be a Governor. Does that resonate well with a government whose major mantra is anti-corruption? Continue reading “Opinion: Still on Edo Politics by Richard Akinnola”
The tremendous political crisis in Edo State may have assumed another dimension as the state governor, His Execellency, Godwin Obaseki yesterday said he is set to probe the Benin Specialist Hospital built by his predessor, Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
BENIN – Philip Shaibu, Edo State deputy governor, has taken over the political leadership of Edo North Senatorial District of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the suspended National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The APC leaders from the wards and local government areas in Edo North took the decision during an enlarged meeting at Jattu-Uzairue, Etsako West Local Government Area, which had state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, in attendance.
The decision was taken sequel to the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole from the ward and local government levels, which recuses him from the party’s activities at the local scene.
The meeting had in attendance the Edo State APC chairman, Mr. Anselm Ojezua; members of the state executive council, as well as party delegates and leaders at wards, local government councils, state and national levels.
Alhaji Usman Shagadi, APC leader from Etsako West, said, “The only leader we know in Edo North is Hon. Philip Shaibu and we support the Obaseki-led administration because it is people-oriented,” echoing the decision of other party executives in the senatorial district.
On his part, Obaseki said, “Oshiomhole thought he was setting a trap when he chose Philip Shaibu as my deputy and Osarodion Ogie as Secretary to the State Government. He was thinking that we will always quarrel, fight and then run to him for settlement.”
Obaseki maintained that the party and its members did not support godfatherism in the state, adding, “If you behave like godfather, we will fight you.”
He added that he attended the meeting to thank the party members for their support for his administration and for standing behind their son, the deputy governor.