A former Political Adviser to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, Mr. Charles Idahosa has described the former governor of the state as an ungrateful person.
Idahosa in an interview with newsmen at his residence in Benin City said Oshiomhole has fallen out with all the people that helped him become governor. He refuted insinuations that the APC chairman made Godwin Obaseki the governor of the state rather he said Obaseki was the one that helped him become a governor in the first place when he had no money to prosecute his governorship campaign.
He said, “the most important issue that I want to explain, in social media everywhere, they are portraying Godwin Obaseki as an ungrateful person, which is very strange; but unfortunately, a lot of people do not have information about what is going on so I needed to throw light on that.
“Oshiomhole is ingratitude, ungrateful person personified. Now, let me give you a situation. When you start a story from the middle, it is not a proper story.
“He made Obaseki. I am aware that Obaseki went to Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, where I knew him as a school boy. I cannot remember him telling me the story that he went to a tailoring institution where they must have met. But I do know they met before Oshiomhole became governor.
“And I have it on proper record that Chief Elama Oseni made the meeting between Obaseki and Oshiomhole possible.
“He took Oshiomhole to Obaseki, this was before governorship, while he was looking for me. It was Obaseki that brought other people to do a launching, that was the seed money, hundreds of millions of naira that Obaseki raised for Oshiomhole to come to Benin to come and pursue his governorship ambition, incidentally against me because I ran that ticket with him.
“And I challenged Obaseki then and I said: ‘you knew your senior was in this race, why were you supporting an outsider?’ He just laughed and we left together.
“So, it hurts me when people say Oshiomhole helped him. Who helped each other first? It was Obaseki that raised all the money for Oshiomhole”.
“Captain Hosa Okunbo, Tunde Ayeni, those were the people that packaged the whole thing together. He [Oshiomhole] had no dime when he was coming to Benin to run.
“I was already living in this house that you people are interviewing me when he went to rent a place in Aziz Garuba’s place by Benoni hospital. That is how he came to town.
“So that story of he made Obaseki, after Obaseki raised this money for him, the Igbinedions moved in. Lucky Igbinedion and Gabriel Igbinedion, the father and the son, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, they gathered another set of people, raised money for him and that is how he started, including Irabor who was in charge of Maritime.
“Tell me out of all these people, who is Oshiomhole’s friend today? Tell me of all these people Oshiomhole has shown gratitude to. So this story that he made Obaseki – Obaseki made him.
“Obaseki gave him a blueprint on how he will run Edo State. He could not understand the blueprint; he pleaded with him: ‘come and be the chairman of my economic team so that you can run this state.’ That is how Godwin Obaseki agreed to come to Benin.
“He worked for eight years as chairman of the economic team without collecting anything. I stand here to be challenged. He did not receive a kobo for allowance for eight years; he did it for free”.