Says he has handed over governance to stooges from Delta State
Spend millions on consultant, refuses to constitute boards
Be Patients, Obaseki admonishes them
It was a sad day in the city of maitama Abuja at the residence of the national chairman of the APC, the embattled Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as politicians took turns to lament the situation they have been subjected to in the hands of the Godwin Obaseki led government. They blame Oshiomhole for introducing them to Obaseki and indeed some of them spent their personal money to work, campaign and deliver the Governor in the 2016 Governorship poll in Edo state against all odds.
The politicians who were unanimous in their anger and fury invited Oshiomhole to come and salvage the situation otherwise the defection at the federal level will be a child’s play.
Our source at the meeting told AFEMAI REPORTER correspondence that part of the lamentation of the politicians is that the Governor spend millions of dollars in hiring consultants supervised by his Personal Assistant popularly know as TG who is from Delta state and in cahoot with another consultant know as Egiro also from Delta state.
The situation is so bad that most parastatals in the state like SUBEB, EDSOPADEC, ADP, and other agencies now report through the (P.A) to the Governor instead of through properly constituted board headed by top politicians within the APC.
Even right now a well know PDP chieftain Miss Joan Oviaww who is a staunch critic of Oshiomhole is the Ag Chairman of SUBEB a development that Oshiomhole is very angry with and Obaseki is yet to explain the rationale for that decision following evidence that the Lady work and campaign vigorously against his candidature and published damaging articles against Oshiomhole between 2015 and 2016 respectively.
One of the top politicians who was an Executive Director under Oshiomhole from Edo Central Senatorial District told our reporter after the meeting with Oshiomhole that assuming these parastatals report to the Governor through the Deputy Governor or the SSG or even the Chief of Staff or Head of Service at least they will have hope but a situation where these boys from Delta state now call the shots in the government of Edo state headed by an APC Governor is very regrettable. They told Oshiomhole point blank that while Mr Obaseki Complains there is no money to throw about and dash people, these Obaseki Deltans boys are notorious for shutting down big clubs in Lagos, Abuja and other places in Europe and China. They are known for ordering for the latest cars in town and spend millions on exotic drinks.
Oshiomhole who was visibly livid about the development told them to remin calm and that a meeting will be conveyed soonest to address and resolve all the complains. The Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu is reported to have angrily resigned his Position earlier on had to hurriedly travel abroad to cool down his anger while the SSD who is a close ally of the Governor is watching the administrative abnormalities in his usual calmness. One of the APC chieftain from Edo South who was at the meeting told our reporter that if the Governor does not constitute boards and continue to use his Deltans P.A as a front to syphon public funds, then they will have to bring people from Delta state to Campaign for the party in 2919 and 2020. He lamented how on earth will Obaseki bring people from Delta state to come and run a government we suffered to install, he has used his own hands to destroy the structure of government in the state. Does he think Oshiomhole was a fool when he appointed all of us then?
He continued, look at the furniture allowance, he refused to pay, our severance package he refused to pay, the balance money for the contracts Oshiomhole gave to us he refused to pay and those were jobs we used to campaign for his election, look at the board he refuse to constitute, look at all the boys we used for his election they are all on the streets looking like street rats, under his watch his PA introduced his Delta brother to take the position of Tony Kabaka with another consultant from Delta state known as EGIRO in ring road in the collection of revenue. The Egiro consultant is alleged to be deducting 25% of total revenue collected using his technology product by all the councils in Edo State a situation that is regrettable considering this was the same practice the Governor claimed he has banned. But this was the issue Comrade Tony kabaka lamented in his popular outburst that threaten the unity of the party in July.
As the situation stand, the APC is in tatters in Edo state, as another witness at the meeting told us, we are watching to see if the Governor will continue to prefer his foreigners/imported aides from a PDP controlled state like Delta to do the jobs we are supposed to do as appointee of his government, if we can wait for 2years, another two years is nothing. They said we should wear suit to be able to see the the Governor, we all went to buy suit, later they say we should go and learn how to type computer some of our members did yet they didn’t appoint us till now. What is our offence?
Effort to reach the special adviser media Crusoe Osagie to get his reaction was met with brick wall while the Commissioner for Information Hon Paul Ohonbamu failed to pick his calls, we also visited the SSG popular residence in GRA but we could not get his reaction as he was said to be in Lagos, while the Chief of Staff to the Governor is said to to be in Abroad attending a seminar. However the Governor had earlier in a meeting with some youths group and APC youth leader and women told them to be patient with his government as the industries are coming to a create jobs for all. The question is when?
The die is cast, who will blink first? Is it Obaseki or Oshiomhole? Will Oshiomhole call Obaseki to order the way he did to Dr Chris Ngige at the Federal level? Will Obaseki call the bluff of Oshiomhole the way Emmanuel Udom did to Senator God’swill Akpabio in Akwa Ibom State? Stay tuned with us as we did deeper into the looming crisis in the APC Edo State.