Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, of betraying him.
Oshiomhole who was a former governor of Edo State alleges that Shaibu, his political son, led thugs to attack and humiliate him in his country home few weeks ago.
“It is about the truth, we have a president who believes in the truth, who believes in fairness, who believes in justice, who believes that government should fight for the poor,” Oshiomhole stated while addressing a group who paid him a solidarity visit on Tuesday.
“There is nothing I have done in life that I didn’t have to fight but as you can see by the special grace of God there is no fight that I was forced into that I have not prevailed because I do not go out of my way to look for trouble. I actually do my best to make peace but if it fails, God will give the enablement to stand and defend the truth.
“The only thing I will say today to anyone who is here who is an agent of my son, when I talk of my son I am talking of Philip Shiabu who now thinks that his own political future requires that he attacks me and import thugs to disgrace me in my village. The Hausa have a saying that when people are possessed and they do things like that, just say God take control.”
“Supposing I was dead after 2016 and somebody tells me that my son Philip will organise people to attack my house or to attack my village to disrupt the convocation maybe my body will be turning in heaven and I will not believe but the fact that I am alive to see someone who did not win his own booth because his own people in his own village in his own community of Jattu did not want him because they apparently know him better than me but I stood by him, I stood for him not on false stand and he became deputy governor so if all that transpired now is to use that power to humiliate me but God forbid. As you can see, who can fight the battle, it is only God so I leave the burden of guilt to them and I will not repay evil with evil, I will stand on the path of peace,” he added.
“I will stand on the path of unity. I will stand on the path of justice because I know that God in heaven will never allow the evildoer to prevail.
“I’m very happy that God has given me good health and that I can see some people who fought me in 2007 and God gave me victory and from victory I made them commissioners, I gave them jobs, I assisted them whenever they were in need. That I’m alive to see them because of a small pot of pepper soup calling for signatures to say Oshiomhole should not be.
Deputy Governor Shaibu however noted that he was only following in his footsteps as there was no way he could have betrayed his political godfather and mentor, Oshiomhole.
“So, he could not have betrayed him in any way. Rather, in all sense of responsibility, I will say that the Deputy Governor is following the path set by his political godfather,” Musa Ebomhiana, the Deputy Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, said.
“As a father, he taught him that no man is God and that no man can determine the destiny of his fellow man. He also taught him that the people should lead politically.
“As an obedient son and a good student of Oshiomhole school of politics, the deputy governor will not deviate from these. In view of this, I don’t want to believe that our leader and National Chairman of our great party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that his political son and deputy governor of Edo State betrayed him for whatever reason. Our chairman may have been misquoted,” he added.
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