Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu of Edo State on Sunday said that former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, wanted to impose himself as a godfather in Edo State.
Shaibu who spoke at the reception for the outgone local government chairmen, said he was brutalised in a bid to end godfatherism and ensure Oshiomhole completed his two terms in office when he was Governor of Edo State.
The Oshiomhole-led APC had disqualified Governor Obaseki from contesting the party’s primary election in 2020. Obaseki alongside his deputy, Shaibu, defected to the PDP, where they contested and won the election.
“People say I am loyal to Obaseki, but I will say I am loyal to a course. I was brutalised and injured and had my knees replaced under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s administration because some godfathers wanted to derail our plans of making poverty history.
“We fought on the side of the people and the beneficiary of that struggle was Oshiomhole. In this new fight, he (Oshiomhole) has now become the godfather who is trying to derail our plans and I fought on the side of Governor Godwin Obaseki in making poverty history in Edo.
“We started the revolution of ending godfatherism in Edo under Oshiomhole and we all supported him because we believed that enough is enough and that Edo will not be placed in the hands of individual that will mortgage our collective heritage and wealth.
“Some of the outgone chairmen betrayed the course and their people by joining forces with the godfathers, but you were offered jeeps and millions and you refused to join them.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.