It has become an open secret to all and sundry in our beloved Edo State in particular and the country as a whole of Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole’s fixation on solely selecting his successor at the expiry of his tenure in 2016. He has only succeeded in upsetting the polity with his proposed candidates.
Oshiomhole’s second choice of Godwin Obaseki is laughable at best. Obaseki is the professed ‘Chairman’ of Edo state economic team. It is the same man who could not successfully run his company, AFRINVEST and had issues with the Nigerian Stock Exchange only to be rescued by one Ike Chioke, who promptly took over as the company’s managing director. Chioke succeeded in turning around AFRINVEST’s fortunes only for Obaseki to exit the company. He relocated to Benin City straight into the warm embrace of his old friend Governor Oshiomhole who anointed him head of his economic team. Godwin cannot be said to have discharged his duties as Chairman in the noblest manner, as there are allegations of questionable deals that occasioned suffering on the innocent Edo people through some of the policies and actions embarked on by his office.
Can Obaseki tell us how he helped the man on the street in his 7-year tenure as the frivolous economic chairman? While Edo people struggle to afford two daily meals, Obaseki smiles home with billions in commission accruing from many of the alleged questionable deals.
When judicial workers embarked on an unpaid strike for the better part of 7 months, Obaseki was said to have been unfazed, but rather he continued with his questionable deals which are alleged to have raked in billions of naira for himself and his boss. Edo people have not only been left in a despondent state, but are groaning under the heavy taxation imposed on them by Obaseki’s office, yet the state is believed to remain in dire financial straits with unpaid workers’ salaries and contractors who have abandoned projects state-wide.
Obaseki was quoted to have boasted at different fora that he has wealthy powerful friends across the country, particularly a noted billionaire businessman of northern extraction, who would bankroll his political campaign. What does the so-called friends stand to gain for backing him financially? Is this not an attempt at mortgaging Edo State to the highest bidder? At what cost is Obaseki’s governorship ambition?
More so, what qualifies Obaseki to be governor and what is he bringing to the table for the people of Edo? Perhaps only to do his master’s bidding and cover his tracks!
These are Oshiomhole’s men! Will the Comrade arrogantly flout reason and impose a Delta man over his Royal Majesty the Oba of Benin’s domain? His Highness the Otaru of Auchi’s kingdom? The land of His Royal Highness the Onojie of Uromi and the monarchy of the Ogieneni of Uzairue, among our other royal fathers.
Will the Edo electorate willingly vote a Delta man or a man of questionable character as their number one citizen in this era of ‘One man, one vote?’
Or will the inordinate ambition of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu become reality?
Is Pastor Ize-Iyamu destined to rule Edo state after all?
God save our beloved Edo State!
Signed for Coalition of Edo Transparency,
Monday Egharevba, President
Abdul Zakariyau, Publicity Secretary