Adams Oshiomole APC Chairman

An Oshiomhole-Obaseki tussle is one between a maker and a faker.

TWO days ago, exactly a year before another round of gubernatorial

contest in the Heart Beat of the Nation, it’s shocking the entire Edo

landscape boils with political tensions like Papua New Guinea jungle

bristling with head hunters and primitive bloodcurling human vampires.

This is the time the governor should have been reeling out all his

achievements, three years down the road but the opposite is the case.

In all, Edo people are the victims. It’s most tragic and a matter of

conjecture how a peace-living state becomes a furnace of a state with

the image of blood embracing government, orchestrating incendiaries

and banditary by street urchins.

Obaseki

The polity is not helped by counter measures from sidelined APC

warlords who have positioned themselves militantly to do battle with

the governor unto death. Most shockingly is how the APC has suddenly

become wracked by tension and mutual hostilities in less than four

years of Obaseki’s tenure in office. That’s the dark ironies and a

compelling tribute to the governor’s elitist grandstanding; acclaimed

technocratic superiority over politicians and the tyranny of politics

of imposition.

I cautioned at the twilight of 2016 governorship race where Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole threw caution overboard, curiously throwing democracy

and its majesterial ethos under the bus for Godwin Obaseki to ride the

roughshod. I titled the piece, “Edo 2016: Clowns In Search of Crown”.

Governor Oshiomhole’s reaction to the article where I suggested to him

to allow a level playing field so that liberated individuals like

Engr. Chris Ogiemwonye who is a profile in excellence and integrity to

emerge earned me the Comrade’s caustic tongue: “Comrade Erasmus why is

it that militancy runs in your family?”. “The other day, Comrade

Ikhide Ifidon your cousin and president of Student Union Government

presided over the burning of three Comrade buses inside University of

Benin; now you’re writing trash about Obaseki”, he roared.

That piece erupted unprecedented anger in Comrade Oshiomhole and

shattered over two decades relationship we had built because I noted

certain prinpricks that suggest that Godwin Obaseki will throw him

under the bus, just the same way he did to democracy. Now, Governor

Obaseki is shouting himself lame that Edo people detest godfatherism.

The question is since when did Oshiomhole become godfather and how?

Obviously Governor Obaseki has set the machinery in place to use the

APC National Chairman as burnt offering. The Second question is how

far can he go? Governor Obaseki is simply testing  Oshiomhole’s

capacity to navigate his ways out of political crisis; or his talent

for absorbing the heat; or his mastery of the mechanics of negotiating

skills. Even in the midst of overwhelming public supports Obaseki

enjoys outside APC party structures, the governor is not helped by his

less-than-charismatic speaking style; a known inherited reputation for

destroying his benefactors; his mindset as a scold who glories in

others travail as a self-parading master-of-the-universe and a

demagogue.

As we speak, the charges of deceit against Obaseki’s government is

stronger and infinitely evidential than those levelled against his

predecessor. Besides, under the deliberately fractured All

Progressives Congress (APC) the governor’s feeble and unelectable

streak tarnishes his awful strategy to whip everyone into line. Strong

man or arm twisting political opponents is not a leadership strategy,

it’s a sign of political impotence.

The governor seems to be acting like a typical slave raider who puts

the entire state to sword because of his second term ambition. His

government has been dishing out crumbs to political touts who go about

cracking protesting activists skulls for demanding to know the actual

owners of the allegedly sold Central Hospital, instead of creating

sustainable jobs for the mass of Edo people.

Edo State virtually under siege. Only two days ago while the governor

was at the New Era College churning out half truth about his

achievements at the ‘Ala Gho Daro Submit’, over 200 newly recruited

political thugs took over King’s Square and the State House of

Assembly’s premises shooting sporadically into the air from 6am in the

morning till 6pm in the evening to show his maximum power of political

dominance!

How Governor Obaseki who once prided himself as a technocrat suddenly

abandoned the course of governance, settles for scam, brigade,

touts-buying, violence and bloodfest will ignite thorough research in

the political fields of study in due course. Even though the governor

has performed credibly well by renovating dilapidated structures in

parts of Benin City one of the biggest scams of Mr. Obaseki’s fraud

that has constituted a museum of misgovernment is the 200,000 jobs

scam he promised to create at electioneering in 2016.

Focusing on job creation in 2016 from his manifesto at his inaugural

speech at Ogbe Stadium, the Governor intoned: “Within four years, we

will create over 200,000 new jobs across the state through

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship Schemes, Attracting Investments for the

development of Industries and Technical & Vocational Skills

Development. We will publish a template to be jointly used by the

public and the civil society to track the achievement of this

objective”.

A few days ago, in one of the state’s media bizarres blushes comes

with this outright falsehood and mind manipulation gambit thus: “Edo

jobs was birthed as a practical and strategic step to realize his

Excellency, governor Godwin Obaseki’s campaign promise of 200, 000

jobs to unemployed residents in the state. Of the 200,000 jobs, about

90,000 jobs have been created so far”. With above statement, its

pretty clear that one is bound to suffer mental deterioration when you

call yourself “Excellency”. It’s a shame that Mr. Obaseki is already

campaigning for second term in office in spite of his woeful failure.

A check across the 18 Local Government Councils and 192 delineated

wards of the state exposed the technocrime in a supposedly

technocratic government. A break down of the fathom jobs created by

the Governor across the state would mean that 5,000 jobs were created

in each of the 18 Local Council, and 468 jobs plus created

respectively in each ward, going by the 90,000 media hype jobs!

There is no doubt that the governor has found himself in cul de sac

having erroneously misread a written script of 20,000 jobs for 200,000

at his inaugural campaign debut in 2016. The costly mistake which

ought to have been amended instantly has been the governor’s singular

albatross, aside the mismanagement of the relationship between himself

and his benefactor, Comrade Oshiomhole.

As the saying goes, when you tell one lie, you need a million more

lies to keep yourself temporarily on the spot to save your face.

Governor Obaseki alongside his handlers know that even the presidency

hasn’t created 90,000 jobs in the last five years, let alone in Edo

State where the capital city is virtually under water for lack of road

construction, where all the tertiary institutions, including College

of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi which has been shutdown indefinitely since

the Governor assumed office.

Two major pronouncements of the governor at electioneering would have

helped to furnish his job creation plans if he was prepared for

leadership or committed to his own words: “We revival moribund

industries within the first year in office, we will restructure and

resolve all outstanding debt obligations with Bendel Brewery, Edo Line

and any other State Owned Enterprise. “We will also conclude ongoing

efforts to complete and commission industries initiated by the PDP

government but abandoned before commissioning including Uromi Cassava

Factory and Fertilizer Factory in Auchi”.

Three-year down the road, it has been motion without movement and

empty twitches. On the 3rd of February, 2017, the governor inaugurated

power generation committee. The six-man Joint Development Committee to

implement the Edo Electrifying Initiative for electricity generation,

transmission and distribution in the state was a scam. It was the

first and the last time the Committee ever sat!

Again on the 11th of the same month 2017, the governor made another

pronouncement to make Edo medical tourism destination. Edo people are

still in the wilderness as to what the governor meant by Edo medical

tourism since no cottage clinic has been built ever since he took

office. More also because even the Central hospital that has been left

to decay for nearly three years has been allegedly sold to the

governor’s business interest.

Besides, Governor Obaseki is yet to explain to Edo poeple the outcome

of the constituted committee on the Tayo Akpata University. On the 2nd

of February, 2017 the governor set up the committee to kick off the

development plan to make Tayo Akpata University of Education,

Ekiadolor technologically driven and benchmarked on global standards.

Again, it turns out to be one of those fraud where the tax payers’

money dedicated to the educational needs of the people took flight and

birthed in privately owned company by those in government.

On the 13th of February Edo people were treated to yet another broken

promise by the Governor that he has already begun to construct 3,000km

of road using Concrete Technology. The statement in major newspapers

at the time read: “Edo state government is training youths who are

indigenes of the state in general road construction, surveying,

carpentry, masonry, safety, lab-technology, welding and road

supervision in fulfilment of the vision of the Governor Obaseki-led

administration to empower over 200,000 youths in the state.

A further check across the state revealed that nobody was trained

apart from minor experiment around Ugbague Street in the heart of

Benin. Rather, it is one of the usual MOUs future governmental dreams

of the governor meant to keep decieving the people. The governor’s

wish has been that the people should forget another promise he made

towards stable power supply. On the 16th of March 2017, he signed

power purchase agreement, promising uninterrupted power supply across

the state, especially in strategic areas, stressing that Edo State is

one of the transmission hubs and home of electricity in Nigeria.

“We should be able to deliver 24/7 uninterrupted power to all

government establishments located along Sapele Road axis including

Government House, Secretariat, Court Complex, Central hospital, House

of Assembly and also the Palace”, the governor said. It’s now dawned

on the governor that it has also become a promise gone awry as he

faces the ballot a few months from now.

What of the spirited advertisement that Edo Government is

collaborating with MAN to create industrial park? On February 2nd,

2017 Governor Obaseki declared that in the next twelve months the

state will establish a real industrial park with 24-hour electricity

that will enhance the development of the state. It’s obvious that the

industrial park is another costly MUO induced jokes.

How about the 15th of April 2017 Sobe Farm scam and others across the

18 local government councils that costs the state over N5 billion

without a single grain of maize harvested? All the grandstanding about

Accelerated Agricultural Development Programme (AADP) in Sobe, Owan

West Local Government Area of the state were hoaxes designed to keep

the people hoping which put more money in the hands of a few

individuals who have been massaging the governor’s ego that he’s now

his own new godfather.

Was the governor testing the resolve of the Edo people on the 5th of

April, 2017 when he said Edo was already collaborating with National

Library Association (NLA) to revive libraries Edo State liberay in

order to rethink and restore the library system in the state. Was

Obaseki joking when he visited Amahor waterside on the 14th of April,

2017 to explores tourist potentials to ascertain the tourism potential

of two rivers which formed a confluence at Amahor town in Igueben

Local Government Area of the state.

It must be what the governor’s transducers called technocrime or MOUs

conglomerates of fraud when Obaseki said on the 15th of May, 2017 that

Benin City central bus terminals in continuation of Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole’s government to decongest and clean up Edo State, after

inspecting the city centre, Ring Road and its environs, where he moved

to recover government properties. What can we say about his promises

on the 4th of May 2017 to decongest major roads in Benin City by

relocating illegal street traders and to build ultra modern markets

across Benin City? The same Governor Obaseki, last week handpicked few

women whom he called market women to endorse his second term bid even

when Uwelu and Satana markets were raised down few months ago without

a single fire service operative  to the rescue.

The scam is even more gangly when governor Obaseki reeled out Edo

Housing Business plan on the 29th of April that his administration was

ready and open for housing business and ready to tackle the challenges

facing the sector to ensure that Edo people got affordable houses by

2019.

He made the disclosure at the close of a 2-day workshop on

Housing/Real Estate themed: “Quest for Adequate and Sustainable Real

Estate for Edo People”, organised by the state government.

It’s the same empty MOUs driven rhetoric that propelled the governor

on June 13th, 2017 to state a stoic but hollow promise to have

Mitsubishi, Sojitz, Toyota, Sumitomo, Yamaha, Yokogawa, Panasonic and

the Japanese Trade Organisation (JETRO) to have their plants planted

before the end of 2019. Edo people can’t locate the place where the

assembly plants have been planted by these automobile giants. Only the

governor and his team know where they’re situated.

Perhaps it’s only Edo State Government that knows that it is

generating 3000 megawatts in collaboration with Siemens AG or has been

generating 1000 megawatts of electricity annually when it held a

shareholders’ forum on the 10th of July 2017 to identify the

challenges in the power sector of the country.

It’s only Edo State branch of Nigeria Red Cross Society that is our

witness for  Obaseki’s administration claim that it has actually built

emergency response system for providing First Aid for accident victims

across the 18 local government councils as promised on the 13th June,

2017 for the purpose of repositioning sports activities in the state.

The received truth is that democracy has no room for a leader that is

so detached from the people and party democracy. The governor should

stop blaming Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for everything that is wrong

with Edo State. Obaseki should take all the excuses off his manifesto

manual and face reality. In “How to run a country: A 10-point

manifesto for leaders who stand – and want to deliver,” The

Independent (UK), says, “The wrong way to achieve a legacy is to

claim: ‘My predecessor was an idiot and my successor is a traitor.’”

In Obaseki’s apathetic and primitive three years of misgovernment, Edo

State literarily collapsed. Cultism amd insecurity have laid the state

low; killings and kidnapping have been on the increase.

Who can doubt the Governor’s penchant for broken promises when on his

first day in office paid a visit to Benin Technical College to

renovate and fix the much needed vocational education centre. Three

years after, the government efforts at fixing the school hasn’t

yielded any result.

Oshiomhole’s major undoing as a maker of men is the fact that he has

majorly made more enemies who pretended to be friendly with him than

those who genuinely loved him. Godwin Obaseki has proved as a

disastrous faker not only by being sly and serpentine, but a betrayer

who has been striding and freezing state’s resources, even when

Oshiomhole was governor.

If Afri Invest, a company owned by Governor Obaseki could corner N9.8

billion naira in the first tranche of World Bank loan as consultancy

fee for securing the loan for Edo State Government as Chairman of

Economic Team under Comrade Adams  Oshiomhole’s administration, then

there can be no worse demagoguery than that. Edo people need a better

governor and a maker going forward, not a faker.

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