…says Governor, Deputy are bad students
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has alleged that his successor in office, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Phillip Shuaibu does not have a political base in their locality, describing the two who claimed to have learnt from him as bad students.
Oshiomhole said as a sign that the two lack grassroot support, they both lost their polling units during the last Presidential election, adding that at the moment, the governor is being represented by a PDP Senator and House of Representative member at the federal level.
He also alleged that the deputy governor lost his polling unit during the Presidential election as well as the election that brought him to office as Deputy Governor.
Chief Press Secretary to Oshiomhole, Simon Egbuebulem quoted the former governor as saying that the Obaseki refused all entreaties to build on the gains of the party by allowing peace to reign, but rather threatens to crush those who brought him into office.
He dismissed claims by the governor and his deputy that they were carrying out what they learnt from him on how to fight godfatherism, saying they must have been bad students.
He said he never taught them to lose election or how to unleash violence on the people and threatening to crush them, saying “if you crush your people, who will you govern when you win”.
Oshiomhole said he never taught them violence being witnessed today in the state and losing elections because “I have always been a winner”.
The former Labour Leader said “I have read them on several occasions saying that I taught them all they are doing today. This is laughable because I never thought them how to lose elections.
He said “as we speak today, the governor (Obaseki) lost his ward, Local Government and senatorial district during the last Presidential election. As we speak, the governor is being represented by the PDP in his Federal constituency and senatorial district.
“These in my view were early morning signals about the need to change tactics, stop threatening people and saying you will crush them. Who are you crushing?
“But I won my entire senatorial district for Mr President and I am being represented by an APC senator and House of Representatives member. Then his Deputy, Philip, in Jattu where he comes from, in his polling booth where he and his family voted, Philip Shaibu lost.
“He lost his booth during his own governorship election in which he was standing as Deputy governorship candidate. So if he learnt from me, he should have learnt well because I never lost election in my village.
“There is no body in my village who can work against me because when I go home, I relate with them, I am an ordinary man. You must know when to talk tough and when to talk soft.
“When I am in my village, I am just like an ordinary man. I argue and play with my people. The only man that was in PDP in my village, the youths said how can he be doing PDP? But I said no, you have to persuade him to join us.
“And today that young man is one of my PAs. So he (Philip) is one of my very poor students, Kakhi is not a lesson and fighters must be tactful and strategic. No sensible man will fight people who voted for them. Those they are fighting now, some of them delivered 95 per cent of the votes in their units while they lost their own areas” he said.
The APC Chairman said it was regrettable that Governor Obaseki and his deputy have unleashed mayhem on members of the APC in Edo state, saying “even as a professional fighter, you choose your fight.
“The other day when Shaibu led thugs to my village with Okada riders and he said during my court case Okada people were following us. It shows how poorly he can interpret situations. Did we ever use Okada riders to intimidate ACN elements then, never.