Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to arrest and prosecute his predecessor, Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
This development was revealed in a statement issued by Mr. Philip Shuaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday.
Shuaibu further noted that a copy of the petition against Oshiomhole was submitted to Yusuf Bichi, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS).
“I have sent a petition to the IG and to the Director of DSS to the effect that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole be arrested by the police and be arrested by the DSS for the breakdown of law and order that he has consistently perpetrated in Edo State,” he said.
Oshiomhole who is the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been at loggerhead with his successor, Obaseki.
Their sour relationship first became public following the election of principal officers of the Edo State House of Assembly. Naija Buzz News reported how 9 lawmakers out of over 20 in the state elected the Speaker of the House and other positions in the absence of their colleagues.
Governor Obaseki eventually alleged that Oshiomhole was plotting to remove him from power using his loyalists in the State Assembly.
Yesterday in Abuja, Shuaibu who was at the Progressives Governors Forum’s Committee on Good Governance meeting, accused Oshiomhole of fueling violence in Edo State by serially going against the Governor’s order banning political rally in the state.
“We banned rallies, the IG in a letter also suspended rallies. He disobeyed the orders of the state government, he disobeyed the orders of the IG and feels that he is above the law. For us, we have officially come now to drop our petition with the IG to the effect that Oshiomhole is not above the law,” he said.
“He should be arrested for violating the state government’s order. He was a governor before and he knows that nobody violated his orders as governor, because it is not about him, it is about the state,” he added.
“And that is why we are saying that the IG and the DG of DSS should arrest him and interrogate him for breaching the peace and disobeying government and security’s orders for rallies,” he noted.
Deputy Governor Shuaibu however denied insinuation in some quarters that Governor Obaseki was deliberately fighting Oshiomhole in preparation for his exit from the APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“To where? Why are we leaving the APC? I can categorically tell you that the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and I are in the APC and we are not leaving the APC,” he stated.
Shuaibu who is the political-son of Oshiomhole noted that he did not betray his political god-father by siding with his boss, Obaseki. He said; “the issue of betrayal is relative. Oshiomhole remains my father and I remain his son although presently we are on different path politically and it is bound to happen.”
Speaking on the endorsement of Governor Obaseki for second term by PDP chieftains like the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, and Senator Daisy Danjuma, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Shuaibu said; “that is a sign that even other parties are accepting and agreeing to the fact that the governor of Edo State is working and he should be emulated and that is why he is having the endorsements. This is the first time the APC and non-APC people are endorsing the governor and I think it should be a pride to everybody. So, when you talk about leaving the party, it is just one of those guys trying to create a problem.”
Ogbodo ThankGod is currently the Managing Director/CEO/Group Chief Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He was the Chief Editor at NaijaBuzz.News before his new top leadership role. Ogbodo has years of experience in the Nigeria Media Industry and has co-founded some media companies. He is the founder of Ogbodo Solution Nigeria and 1Push.Ng. He loves playing football and is a strong supporter of Lionel Messi who he describes as the greatest footballer of all time.