As congratulatory messages continue to pour in for re-elected Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Delta state commissioner for higher education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, has taken a swipe at the sacked national chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, describing his actions so far as those of a man under a spell.
Professor Muoboghare, while chronicling the former Edo state governor’s roles in the build up to the Edo 2020 guber elections, stated poignantly, that only a man under a spell would have set out to fight a performing sitting governor he literally installed in office in 2016 under the APC platform.
He said Oshiomhole fought Obaseki to the extent that his underhand tactics as APC national chairman frustrated Governor Obaseki to dump the party and pitched tent with the PDP under whose umbrella he won convincingly last Saturday’s elections for a second term in office.
Marshalling his points, Professor Muoboghare, a quadruple term Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) DELSU Abraka chairman, recalled the embattled Oshiomhole’s underhand actions which literally hounded then national APC chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, out of office, only for him (Oshiomhole) to become Oyegun’s replacement, an action that was unpardonable before the Bini ancestors and gods where Chief Oyegun hails from.
The Delta higher education commissioner further went on to state that when suspended by his Iyamoh ward chairman, Oshawo, the proud Oshiomhole, after labelling his ward chairman all sorts of names ranging from “village champion” to “ordinary ward chairman,” refused to appeal the suspension within the window provided by the party constitution until courts affirmed the ward chairman’s actions.“This is what a spell does,” said Professor Muoboghare.
Another proof of the spell under which Oshiomhole operated, according to Muoboghare, was the sudden volte face to install Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as APC governorship candidate for the Edo 2020 guber elections, when in 2016, he had openly labelled Ize Iyamu, the then PDP candidate as a thief, cultist, murderer, liar, to mention a few.
Another further proof of the Oshiomhole’s “spell”, Muoboghare posited, was the elevation of the sacked APC national chairman as a demi-god by his supporters which led him to shut his ears to good advice.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back, Professor Muoboghare concluded, was the constitution of some APC governors as campaign council members, to the discerning Edo voters, symbolized corruption, thuggery and “Supreme Court Governor” respectively in the persons of Kano’s Ganduje, Kogi’s Yahaya Bello, and Imo’s Hope Uzodinma.
He wondered how such characters could even contemplate matching the quintessential master strategist and Chairman PDP South South Governor’s Forum, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Edo PDP Governorship Council Chairman and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, whom he described as a formidable team of time tested and proven persons.
Muoboghare therefore urged Comrade Oshiomhole to appease the gods of Bini Kingdom for forgiveness, since his actions have desecrated their land.
“I am reiterating he should go for appeasement from the gods, for what he did to a Bini man who was national chairman of the party.
And for those who do not believe in the ancestral mode of appeasement, he should approach such crowd pulling televangelists such as Bishop Oyedepo, Papa Adeboye, Pastor Awokoya even Daddy Freeze for spiritual cleansing. Here was a man who twice attempted to prevent Governor Okowa from being governor, only to be dismantled by the same Okowa in his own land. See what a spell does to a man”?, lamented Professor Muoboghare. After the cleansing, Oshiomhole should go and sin no more” retorted Muoboghare.