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Inducements: Oshiomhole dares aspirants to cast the first stone

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By Emmanuel Aziken

Governor Adams Oshiomhole is daring any of the aspirants alleging inducement of delegates to cast the first stone charging that they should not betray the camaraderie spirit that saw the party revolutionise the state.

The governor spoke during a closed-door meeting with seven of the aspirants as first reported on these pages yesterday. Further details of the closed-door meeting disclosed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, quoted the governor as vowing to deal ruthlessly with those who come to the stadium tomorrow to make trouble.

•Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (4th right) and seven governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress at a meeting with the aspirants.
•Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (4th right) and seven governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress at a meeting with the aspirants.

In the heart to heart discussion with the seven aspirants, the governor charged them not to create an opportunity for the PDP to remerge in the governance of the state saying that they must all rally behind the progressive philosophy of the APC.

Charging the aspirants to be mindful of their assertions, he said: “as for the allegation of people spending money, the truth is like what they said in the Bible: who will cast the first stone? Of the seven of you here seated, how many can put his hand on the Bible and say, ‘I have not induced delegates with money’?

“My plea is let’s maintain our friendship. Let’s not scandalize ourselves. The only regret I have is that some seem to be more vicious in the course of this intra-party contest than even focusing.”

Noting the friendship that had existed between him and the aspirants, the governor said: “By some coincidence, every one of you present here, and even those who are not here, many I have met before, I had known before I became the Governor, and we maintain our relationship in one way or the other. And our relationship obviously can be described as warm and cordial. And so, now that we are approaching a governorship election, important as it is, in my view, it is not enough for us to destroy the traditional interpersonal relationship that has evolved over the years.”

He said, “Let’s not allow the enemies of our party in the opposing party to infiltrate our ranks and take position or create tension such that by the time these matters are settled as they are bound to be settled, we will now have a problem of working together, and yet we all need to work together. I want to be able to go out with any candidate to campaign. I want to be able to give support.”

The APC governorship aspirants who attended the meeting include Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), Comrade Peter Esele, Prof Ebegue Amadasun, Mrs. Tina Agbara and Hon. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula.

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