By Musa Adamu
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is desperate to foist the candidate of APC on Edo people because of his desperation to save his frustration and (Oshiomhole) sinking political career.
A statement by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, in his reaction to Oshiomhole’s comment that he made a mistake in 2016 when he supported Obaseki to become governor, declared that Oshiomhole was making all manner of claims because he could not hijack the current administration.
The Governor accused Oshiomhole of awarding a contract at the Edo Specialist Hospital to an associate who failed to execute the project.
He noted that his predecessor was “clutching at straws in desperate effort to save his drowning political career. The childish Mercedes and Toyota analogy goes to show that Oshiomhole has run out of lies to tell.”
Obaseki said Oshiomhole keeps trying to turn the story of the hospital on its head.
“He has failed to answer a simple question which is; why did heavily guarded trucks come in the dead of the night to remove the equipment in the hospital which President Buhari had commissioned just one day after the commissioning?
“Why was the hospital not opened to the public for the remaining days of his tenure after the hospital had been commissioned?”, he said.
He alleged that “Oshiomhole told the hospital equipment supplier in Lagos to loan him some equipment just for the commissioning and the equipment was returned to the owner after the commissioning ceremony”.
Osagie insisted that Oshiomhole’s problem stemmed from his Obaseki’s refusal to allow him use the government “for the satisfaction of his warlords and thugs who are now fighting for him and causing crisis in Edo state ahead of the election.”
Note that Obaseki, who is the candidate of of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will contest against Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who had also emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on September 19.
Recall that in 2016 governorship election, Obasaki contested under the APC, while Ize-Iyamu was the PDP flagbearer, but lost to Governor Obaseki.