Chief Charles Idahosa is a former Commissioner for Info and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state. He spoke with reporters on the antagonistic agitations for direct and oblique main within the chapter. Excerpts:
As one of many main stakeholders within the state, what’s your place on the thorny problem of main in Edo APC?
On the problem of direct or oblique main, it is extremely clear that main is a home problem of a political occasion. There’s a Supreme Courtroom judgment on that. I feel Oshiomhole is simply out to do numerous destruction identical to he did in Zamfara and different states. What surprises me most is that each one the leaders of the occasion are simply ready for him to destroy the materials of the democracy of APC. Why they’re doing that, I don’t know.
When individuals attempt to change story to swimsuit them, it is extremely painful. All people is conscious that on the problem of Edo state, Oshiomhole is a principal actor, actually, he’s an occasion on this matter. He needs Obaseki out in any respect value although the broader majority believes that the governor has carried out properly. Oshiomhole was governor in Edo state when Obaseki contested the governorship main in 2016 . The strategy used was oblique main and it was held on the Ogbeh stadium, supervised by Oshiomhole himself. I remembered then that the individuals with Oshiomhole now have been abusing him, telling him that he was influencing the end result of the first as a result of he wished Obaseki to win. There was no COVID-19 then however he used oblique main. Why he’s now calling for direct main at a time we’re all attempting to cease the unfold of coronavirus within the state? Odigie-Oyegun has spoken and he suggested that Oshiomhole ought to excuse himself. As nationwide chairman of the occasion, Oyegun by no means supported Obaseki however he didn’t intrude within the course of; he didn’t disturb Oshiomhole from doing no matter he wished to do then. So, what’s it that’s so particular about Oshiomhole that no person needs to cease him?
There are insinuation that Governor Obaseki and people loyal to him are afraid of direct main which is why they’re towards it. How will you reply to that?
In Edo state, we don’t care whether it is direct main or oblique. What we’re saying is the equity. If Oshiomhole is concerned, whether or not direct or oblique, there may be going to be downside as a result of he’s biased and he’s a significant a part of the disaster rocking Edo APC right now. He ought to clarify to the world, how did he deliver Obaseki in as APC candidate in 2016. Was it not by means of oblique main? Now, he needs all of us to go and crowd ourselves in all our native governments simply because he wished Obaseki out in any respect value? The explanation why he’s insisting on direct main is as a result of it is extremely straightforward to control. I’ve an excellent instance. I contested the governorship main with Oshiomhole in 2007. He was barely 10 days outdated within the Motion Congress (AC) then and I defeated him palms down. However what occurred? They modified the consequence. These have been outcomes you deliver from completely different areas so it is extremely straightforward for the individuals on the occasion headquarters to vary it. Those that did the injustice are alive they usually have apologised to me.
What offers you the impression that Oshiomhole is not going to be honest in supervising the first?
The scenario has been revealed to us by the Deputy Nationwide Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, who stated that Oshiomhole personally constituted each the screening committees for the governorship and senatorial elections, in addition to the ultimate appeals committee, all in violation of the extant constitutional provisions of the occasion vesting the facility in NEC. He stated Oshiomhole additionally made himself the chairman of the appeals committee in order that he can have the ultimate say. I repeat, we aren’t afraid of direct or oblique main, however we’re involved about equity. If Oshiomhole is allowed to be a decide in his personal case, there shall be no equity. That’s all we’re saying. Oshiomhole ought to excuse himself from the first in an effort to guarantee justice and equity. That’s our place. We is not going to fold our palms and permit Edo go to the opposition like Oshiomhole is doing. That was how Oshiomhole harassed Governor Samuel Ortom till the person left APC and contested below PDP. Right now, he stays the governor of Benue below PDP platform. Is that what a nationwide chairman who is aware of his onions be wishing for? We’re bored with Oshiomhole’s lies and misleading antics. Few days in the past, he was requested what his downside with Obaseki was; he stated he has no downside with the governor and he solely needs him to hold all people alongside. In the meantime, he was busy organising mock main that later resulted in violence. As a former governor, he’s not involved about aiding the Edo state authorities to find answer to COVID-19 pandemic within the state, all he’s involved with tips on how to deny Obaseki a second time period. We’re ready for him. Let’s see how that’s going to be potential. The insinuation out there may be that Oshiomhole is doing all this not simply due to Obaseki however he and a few few individuals need to kill APC within the South-South and weaken it in order that the occasion dies when President Buhari is leaving after which they may float a brand new political occasion. I’m one of many founding fathers of this occasion from AC, so I do know what’s going on.
If Oshiomhole used oblique main to supply Obaseki then such as you stated, why do you suppose he’s insisting on direct main now?
If you see a person that lies from either side of his mouth with ease, then that man can’t be trusted. I’ve all the time stated that Oshiomhole isn’t competent to be a nationwide chairman of a political occasion and he has confirmed me proper on many events that he’s unfit to steer this occasion or some other occasion. I used to be ashamed of him as his former Political Adviser when he was mendacity on nationwide tv just lately. When the reporter requested him about his opinion on the Invoice within the Home of Representatives barring Nigerians from going overseas for medical remedy, Oshiomhole replied that he’s in assist of the Invoice. The reporter then requested him ‘Have you ever ever travelled overseas for medical remedy’? Oshiomhole stated ‘No’. When the reporter probed him additional, he now capitulated and stated ‘sure’. We all know Oshiomhole very properly. As a governor of Edo state, he was going overseas for medical remedy. By that Oshiomhole was not directly indicting President Buhari understanding full properly that the President, throughout his first time period was away for nearly seven months on well being problem. When Oshiomhole’s mom fell in a mosque, he took her overseas for remedy. Oshiomhole then ordered his Particular Assistant on Protocol, John Akhigbe who’s now the Chairman of Etsako Central Native Authorities Space to go and keep in a close-by resort to observe over his mom who was being handled in a non-public hospital. Her mom who solely fell in a mosque; whose legs weren’t damaged, stayed within the hospital for months. Once I heard the mom was in London, I referred to as Oshiomhole and I informed him I shall be going to London.
He stated I ought to name Akhigbe to provide me the title of the hospital and I went there to go to the lady. However this similar man sat on nationwide tv, mendacity to Nigerians that he has by no means gone for remedy overseas when his mom who solely fell went to London to go and loosen up with Edo individuals’s cash. Here’s a man that has been indicted on the fraud he perpetrated on the Edo Specialist Hospital venture in Benin. He goes into the occasion secretariat with few of his loyalists who referred to as themselves NWC they usually stated they’ve taken determination. We’re ready for the official announcement in Edo in order that we all know what to do. All he busies himself with from morning until evening is tips on how to take away a governor who’s performing to the admiration of all. We’re not going to permit him have his manner.