BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—Edo State Government, yesterday, described as wicked and rubbish, allegation by the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Olisah Metuh, that Governor Adams Oshiomhole was behind the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly due to what he called the growing popularity of PDP in the state.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, the government described Metuh as a “publicist who thrives in falsehood and propaganda” and warned that the state government would not succumb to any sort of blackmail.
He said: “The crisis in Edo Assembly is a product of PDP’s desperation for power in its attempt to capture anything in sight like a bunch of famished baboons. It is the same theatre of desperation that is pervading the entire political landscape as a consequence of PDP’s show of raw power. We find it laughable that Olisah Metuh, who is reputed to be a propagandist and who had earlier lied against Oshiomhole, has come up again to embark on another tale of the absurd.
“Oshiomhole’s record of performance in Edo State has since become a reference point in the history of performance and good governance in Nigeria. His tremendous achievements across the state could only have been possible through prudent and transparent management of resources, especially in a state that was run aground by the PDP for 10 solid but sordid years. Reminding Edo people of those forgone years of the locust is to insult the collective sensibilities of the people.
“We are not aware that Oshiomhole ever sought to contest for Vice President of the country. In fact, we would have loved a situation where he would run for President of the country to take us away from this regime of tactlessness that has almost earned Nigeria a failed state status. Under the constitution of Nigeria, the Edo governor has all it takes to contest for any office in the land. If our thoughts were to go in the direction of our wishes, we would crown Oshiomhole as President of Nigeria.
“But so far, the governor has not indicated interest in any elective office for now. When he does indicate interest, we will inform Olisah Metuh. So tell Olisah Metuh that he should not allow his adrenaline to fire him beyond the rubrics of decency for now.
“The four members of the state Assembly who tried to usurp the powers of the House only got a teaser of what they bargained for. To play around with a governor that was popularly elected by the people in the state meant that they will incur the wrath of the people.”