Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of sabotaging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in Edo south at the last general election.
Obaseki while reacting to claims by Oshiomhole that he did not teach and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, how to lose elections said he polled more votes than in the 2019 general election than Oshiomhole did in 2015 when he was the state’s governor.
Obaseki who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie said Oshiomhole and his co-collaborators were the brains behind the marginal losses the APC suffered in the last general election.
“In 2015, when Oshiomhole was governor, he polled 208,469 votes against Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) 286,869, with a 78,400 deficit. While in 2019, under Obaseki, the APC scored 267,842 votes, while the PDP got 275,691, with a 7,849 marginal loss.
“In the House of Representatives, the state had four seats for the APC, against five for the PDP in 2015, while in 2019, under Obaseki, the APC won five seats, against the PDP’s four. In the State House of Assembly, the APC won the entire 24 seats, which never happened under Oshiomhole’s administration.
“It bears repeating that the governor won his unit and ward in the general election and the marginal losses that the APC suffered in the state were orchestrated by Comrade Oshiomhole, who connived with some elements within the party to sabotage the APC, especially in Edo South in an attempt to de-market the governor politically.
“Chief among the collaborators with Oshiomhole to sabotage the President’s election in Edo South is General Charles Airhiavbere, who did not only dislodge APC’s agents at the polling booths, but also funded the opposition in some units and wards to enable them have an upper hand against the APC.
“Another instance where Oshiomhole told a blatant lie in the full glare of the public was when Governor Obaseki went to the former governor’s residence in Iyamho during the last Sallah celebration. Oshiomhole told the world that he had no issue with Obaseki and that what people were witnessing was a media construction. This has since turned out to be far from the truth.
“The suspended National Chairman also said that he appointed only one commissioner in the governor’s cabinet. This is false, as it couldn’t have been possible since he picked a good number of the people who work with the governor, including the Deputy Governor, Comrade Shaibu; Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, and many others.
“On another occasion, the former Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Dan Mallam, publicly debunked the lie by Oshiomhole that his Benin residence was attacked. The CP categorically said the claim was false and that the Police, which ought to be in the know, could confirm that there was no attack on Oshiomhole’s house” the statement said.