By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” A group, under the auspices of Benin Professionals, has accused Governor Adams Oshiomhole of over heating the politics of Edo State by his inflammatory remarks concerning the withdrawal of soldiers from the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the wake of Etsako Central House of Assembly re-run election.
The group observed in a statement issued by its President and Secretary, Messrs J. A. Eke and Abusonmwan Osarodion, respectively, in Benin that the withdrawal of soldiers from the streets during elections was a normal practice in emerging democracies.
It stated that in a normal situation, the Minister of Defence, General Godwin Abbe (rtd), and Governor Oshiomhole ought to work together to develop the state. The group also accused the government of branding anybody who is not a member of Action Congress (AC) and Labour Party as an enemy.
Similarly, another group, Edo for Good Governance and Democracy, condemned Governor Oshiomholeâ€™s utterances directed at the Minister of Defence over the withdrawal of the soldiers, insisting that the utterances fell far short of what was expected of an elected governor.
In a statement signed by M. O. Aibuedefe Aigbehian, the group stated that â€œa governorâ€™s main job is to work for peace.â€
and not to use every opportunity to create tension and cast aspersions at senior citizens.
â€œWe appreciate the zeal of the Comrade governor to develop our state; we commend him for this, but we feel he can perform even better in more civil and mutually respectful environment.â€
In yet another reaction, Edo State in Diaspora aid that by withdrawing the soldiers, the Minister of Defence forestalled the use of the military by a powerful federal officials, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains during the Etsako re-run.
The group, however, regretted that instead of Governor Oshiomhole and AC commending General Abbe for his courageous act, they resorted to protest and name-calling.