Governor Ishaku replies Oshiomhole, says I’m on ground in Taraba

Governor Ishaku replies Oshiomhole, says I’m on ground in Taraba

- The governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, has warned Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to watch his utterances

- Ishaku gave the warning in response to Oshiomhole's comments describing his as an absentee governor

- The Taraba state governor said Oshiomhole is not at peace with Taraba state due to the fear of impending defeat in the 2019 elections

The national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is not at peace with Taraba state due to the fear of impending defeat in the 2019 general elections, Governor Darius Ishaku has said.

The governor said this in a statement sent to journalists by his senior special assistant on public affairs, Emmanuel Bello, on Tuesday, September 11.

Ishaku who was responding to Oshiomhole's comments describing his as an absentee governor, warned the former labour leader to watch his utterances on issues about misfortunes of the APC in the state.

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According to Bello, the APC national leadership was scared of the rising profile of Ishaku, especially as it can not seem to find a challenger within its fold to confront the incumbent in the 2019 election.

He said since Oshiomhole was aware that he cannot take Taraba state the way he did in Ekiti state due to Ishaku's popularity, the APC chairman “is now resorting to a campaign of calumny.”

Bello said: “Taraba state already has a resident, people oriented governor who is at home with the populace and doing a great job. This is the second time Adams Oshiomhole is vibrating and engaging in his trade mark unchecked vituperations against imaginary foes.

“The first time he spoke about Taraba governor, he said the mandate was stolen through rigging. He then announced that it was the time of the APC to also rig. The statement must have embarrassed even APC members in Taraba. How could a former governor and national leader of a party blatantly announce it has plans to rig using the electoral body and security forces? But there he was in all his infamy boasting of their ability to rig.

“Now he is calling governor Ishaku an absentee governor. This is a man with a terrible record in Edo state. Those records are in the public domain. This is a governor who elevated intimidation, abuse of office and exploitation to high heavens while he held sway in Edo."

Bello further said each time the governor leaves the state, it was to attract investors and connect with the larger world.

His words: “The governor is never absent. He may physically travel out of the state. But he keeps in touch with his team. Modern governance has made that very possible. No effective leader would stay in one place for too long. Interactions and the need to find development partners requires some form of travelling by serious executives.

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That is what this governor does. His recent trip, for instance, saw him forging strategic alliances with key countries in the areas of agriculture, education and health. The Kenyan model for inner city water scheme is one of the highlights of his administration. And it was a product of a state visit to Kenya.

“These are but a few benefits of such trips. Not the empty trips embarked by the leader of Oshiomhole's party which has now left Nigeria the poverty headquarters of the world.

Meanwhile, Oshiomole earlier revealed that he has no issues with Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state.

He gave this assurance when he hosted the governor in his private residence in Abuja on Tuesday, September 11, saying his main concern was the electoral victory of the party at all levels.

“I have no issues with you, your Excellency. My concern is winning the impending election especially the presidential. We want to win more states and more legislators. I have faith in you,” the ruling party chairman told his guest.

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