The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has told the Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki to stop being envious of his popularity in the state.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the National chairman, Simon Ebegbulem, Oshiomhole said his successor should face governance and stop making efforts to blackmail him as his plots against him will fail.
The statement read
“The governor should stop being jealous of Oshiomhole’s popularity in Edo State. He is a man that is at home with his people having performed creditably well as governor of Edo State.
“So, each time he is around, both men and women gather around him, particularly APC members and of course the youths.
“It is sad that the governor in his usual style to blackmail the APC chairman now refers to the hardworking youths of Edo State as thugs, forgetting that these same wonderful youths supported him during his election as governor.
“Right from Oshiomhole’s days in the labour movement, he has always been on the side of the people, and therefore cannot abandon that to please a governor who believes he has monopoly of knowledge.
“Talking about security, it is actually the governor who is making every effort to plunge the state into crisis and bloodshed. The last Saturday’s siege at the residence of the national chairman by his thugs was a good example.
“Before that incident, state government-sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 LGAs because the APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration. People are being sacked from their jobs every day in the state.
“And we have it on good authority that the governor intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state APC and probably dump the party for another party.
“That is why he has embarked on this brigandary which Edo people will resist. So he should stop blackmailing Oshiomhole and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power.
“We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce the National Chairman into giving him details of his movement in Edo State. Who knows what he is plotting again.
“But every evil plot against Oshiomhole will fail. He has not hurt anyone and no man except God can hurt.”