The Special Adviser to Edo State governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to use Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as slush fund to fund political tension in the state.
Reacting to an interview granted by Oshiomhole to news medium at the weekend APC chairman claimed that he begged to have just one commissioner in his successor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s government, as against allegations that he was playing the role of a godfather in the state, Osagie in a statement said Oshiomhole was lying as he singlehandedly compiled the list of Obaseki’s commissioners in his living room in 2016.
“We are once again forced to call the attention of members of the public to Comrade Oshiomhole’s ability to compulsively falsify facts, especially on issues that are public knowledge, which underscores the content of his character and portends an existential threat to the survival of the APC and the impeccable integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is forced to continuously engage with Comrade Oshiomhole being the national chairman of his party” Osagie said.
“If indeed Oshiomhole appointed only Mika Amanokha to Governor Obaseki’s cabinet, why then did the former governor scream to the high heavens and embark on vitriolic media attacks against Obaseki when the governor reshuffled his cabinet, taking out some persons who were sabotaging the administration at the behest of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. In fact, Comrade Oshiomhole compiled the list of those to be appointed commissioners in Edo in his sitting room in 2016, aside picking the governor, his deputy and the SSG.
“Comrade Oshiomhole, indeed, has not kept his dishonesty and inability to abide by due process and the provisions of the constitution to his destructive activities in Edo’s political space; he has exported it to the federal level of government, placing the presidency under undue pressure, leading them to take decisions that run afoul of due process and the constitution.
“A case in point is the recent incident when the president was away from the country and Comrade Oshiomhole got top officials at the presidency to approve the composition of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), made up of his cronies apparently in violation of the existing rules.
“Uppermost on Comrade Oshiomhole’s mind was his desire to annex the NDDC and make it a slush fund from where he expected to finance the political tension in Edo State towards possibly seizing control of the Edo State government from Governor Obaseki. He did not care whether the rules were followed or not; or for the integrity of the people being appointed. All he wanted was to achieve his aim and keep Edo State under his stranglehold as the new godfather.
“Fortunately for Nigerians and Niger Delta people, our calm and methodical president, Muhammadu Buhari, has since seen through Comrade Oshiomhole’s mischief and ordered the forensic audit of the NDDC and the re-composition of the illegal board which Comrade Oshiomhole was trying to emplace” he added.