- A group, the New Nigeria Collective has accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of hounding perceived opponents in Edo state
- The group also accused the governor of running his government based on lies
- According to the group, the Edo state governor has taken politics in the state to the lowest level
The New Nigeria Collective (NNC) group has accused the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, of running his government based on lies.
According to the group, Governor Obaseki is best known for hounding opponents who refuse to support his government.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 22 and signed by its chairman, Adeola Adewunmi, the group also accused the governor of making several attempts to intimidate one of the respected men in Edo state, Captain Hosa Okunbor.
Part of the statement read: “We read with absolute shock and its resultant helplessness, albeit momentarily, all the lies put together by Governor Godwin Obaseki, in an attempt to look good before the public against the well-documented grouses of one of Benin’s great and illustrious sons, Captain Idahosa Okunbo.
“We are quick to note that your reply is a cocktail of lies and an afterthought, which is of no consequence.
“You brought down the hotel of an innocent citizen, who once supported you just because you couldn’t get his support this time around and sent your agents on a bombing spree of perceived and real political opponents and more.”
According to NNC, the governor also went further, using his libellous claims against Okubor through his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, without any iota of proof.
The group queried Obaseki’s penchant for calling Comrade Adams Oshiomhole a godfather but stressed that the governor was the greatest beneficiary of that status he so conferred on the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“As the economic adviser to Oshiomhole for eight years, why did you not resign your appointment since you said you did it pro bono, especially if the man was evil as being painted now the same way you are trying to paint Captain Hosa with lies.
“Captain Hosa could only have supported the truth and nothing but the truth, rather than draw him into an ethnic war with Oshiomhole, who is more Benin in mind and actions than yourself because you had nothing to offer him like the carrots you were throwing at others after making them hungry and creating poverty in the land,” the group posited.
“We make bold to say Oshiomhole did more infrastructure developments than your propaganda of the last four years, orchestrated by some young men, who need genuine help but whom you have hired to be abusing their elders in the name of politics
“Politics has never been played this way before in Edo state. This is the lowest and thanks to you, Governor Obaseki,” the group stated.
Meanwhile, the APC has instituted a case of certificate forgery and perjury against Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at a Federal High Court in Benin city, the state capital.
The APC and one of its members, Edobor Williams, instituted the cases, asking the court to disqualify the governor and his deputy from participating in the election scheduled for Saturday, September 19.
In two separate suits, the plaintiffs want the court to stop Obaseki and Shaibu from participating in the election for allegedly lying on oath and submitting false documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
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