By Ehi Ekhator
Save Edo Group (SEG) a Benin based group has revealed the need for the former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole’s financial recklessness be probed.
The group chaired by a former governorship candidate in Edo State, Honorable Blessing Agbomhere stated this in a communique shared with NAIJA CENTER NEWS on Saturday.
Agbomhere stressed that Oshiomhole betrayed Buhari and worked for the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan during the presidential election in 2015.
The communique explained that Oshiomhole, after paying a sudden visit to Jonathan in Aso Rock, received $54,912,710.80 (Fifty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ten Dollars and Eighty Cents), through Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum.
“Adams Oshiomhole cannot blackmail Godwin Obaseki or the Presidency. He doesn’t have the effrontery to do so. For Adams Oshiomhole, the APC and President Buhari would not have won the presidential election. Oshiomhole betrayed President Buhari and the APC. Shortly after Muhammadu Buhari was nominated as the APC Presidential Candidate in Lagos in December 2014, Governor Adams Oshiomhole visited then President Goodluck Jonathan, appreciated him for helping to quash his education scandal and struck a deal on how he can help PDP to win Edo State.
“For this job, Adams got $54,912,710.80 (Fifty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ten Dollars and Eighty Cents). The legitimate way to release this huge sum of money from the Federal Government Account was to tie it to a project.
“Through Diezani Alison, the money was released from the Excess Crude Account as “Transfer to Edo State Government and her Local Government Councils contribution to power sector special intervention fund” 31st December, 2014 (See former President Jonathan’s NNPC Handover Note, Page 7). Private meetings between Adams Oshiomhole, Dr. Cairo Ojugo, PDP South South Vice Chairman and Chief Richard Lamai, then Coordinator PDP Reloaded Group facilitated this deal. Any governor of the State after Oshiomhole, would have probed him.
“Godwin Obaseki as a matter of responsibility and probity should ask the following questions; 1. How was this fund expended? 2. Were the Chairmen of the Local Government Councils privy to the management of the fund? 3. Was Edo State House of Assembly aware of this Fund and did they approve the release? Godwin Obaseki should ask Oshiomhole to give account of how he squandered the State’s resources in total of about 2 TRILLION NAIRA.
“By refusing to probe the high level of Edo State’s indebtedness and numerous allegations of financial recklessness, looting and corruption leveled against Adams Oshiomhole, Godwin Obaseki has paid too much a price for the support he got from Oshiomhole.
“Should Nigerians and the indigenes of the State not question saint Adams Oshiomhole, a governor who spent a whopping sum of 2 Billion Naira, Edo State’s money on chartered flights. How much did he hand over to Godwin Obaseki? Adams Oshiomhole must be made to give account of his ‘stewardship’. As loyal members of the APC, the Constitution of the party upholds the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and being a member or a leader of the All Progressives Congress should not guarantee immunity from the anti-corruption war. Nigeria comes first. Both the APC, the PDP, the SDP, Christians or Muslims, must obey the laws governing the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Agbomhere has released series of communiques in the shortest distant past to challenge Oshiomhole over his aggressive take over of the leadership of APC in the state.
The former APC governorship aspirant had told NAIJA CENTER NEWS that Oshiomhole was using the Tribunal case to blackmailing Obaseki knowing fully well that the new governor rely on him to win.
He also accused Oshiomhole of turning himself to the only godfather after knocking out those he had initially accused of godfatherism.
Obaseki had recently named Oshiomhole as the new Leader of the party, contrary to what happened when he was the governor. Agbomhere said Edo State is gradually sliding into a fiefdom run by the new godfather and his musketeers leaving the newly elected governor politically helpless.
The APC candidate said the party is being run as a cartel without respect to the APC constitution and Manifestos.
He continued “Adams Oshiomhole’s acclaimed achievement is that he liberated Edo from Chief Tony Anenih who was the state’s Godfather. Did he liberate Edo State from Tony Anenih’s grip in his quest for power to become the new godfather? Adams Oshiomhole started well in politics and did well in his first term. In appreciation of this fact, we came all out to support his reelection with all the resources at our disposal. In his second term, rather than focus his energy on developing the State and her people, the Comrade Governor derailed and went with self-praise, propaganda thereby betraying those who stood with him for good governance, in his selfish desire to remain the only shining star, the only saint and godfather in Edo State.
“Oshiomhole’s style of politics is repulsive. Oshiomhole has ‘destroyed’ so many Edo people in his quest to seize power in Edo State. He did same with the NLC. He made himself the only voice in the union, caused disorganization to ensure the union was in his control after he left. He is prepared to execute same agenda in Edo State.
“For the slogan, ‘NO GODFATHERISM’ AND ‘LET THE PEOPLE LEAD’, we elected Adams but today Edo people are disappointed, believing that Tony Anenih was wrongly accused by Oshiomhole, as Oshiomhole represents everything he has accused Chief Anenih of.”