By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN – League of Benin Professionals, LBP, has accused the immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of plotting to have the Minister of Health (State), Dr. Osagie Ehanire, removed from office with a view to replacing him as the Minister from Edo State.
In a swift reaction, Media Aide to Comrade Oshiomhole, Mr Victor Oshioke, said: “If not for the respect and high esteem that Oshiomhole has for the Minister of Health (State) Dr. Ehanire, I would ordinarily not react to this baseless, speculative and unbridled attempt to merchandise falsehood by these jobless band of paper professionals.
It is the same set of people who are so obsessed with the name “Oshiomhole “ that their only preoccupation, apart from sleeping and waking, is churning out press releases and sponsored articles on Oshiomhole. Any intelligent Nigerian who is abreast with the workings of government knows that the appointment and removal of any minister is at the pleasure of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“So, for anyone to allege that Oshiomhole is plotting the removal of a serving minister betrays a poverty of thought on the part of those making such allegation. If I may ask, who is Oshiomhole plotting with?
Is it with President Buhari or Chairman of the APC to remove the minister? Can Oshiomhole remove a minister that he did not appoint?
This band of never-do-well rumour mongers have finally exposed themselves as being behind previous speculations that Oshiomhole was plotting to oust the Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun from office.
It is obvious that in their bigoted minds and provincial mentality, they fear that it will only take the removal of a Benin man from office for Oshiomhole to be given a federal appointment. It has never occurred to them that after complying with the constitutional requirements of federal character spread, the President has the powers to appoint anyone to any office using a latitude of criteria.
“It is sad that apart from their pseudo-ethnic laced arguments, they have never shown any reason why Oshiomhole should not be given a federal appointment, which goes to reinforce the belief by another school of thought that with his performance, both as labour leader and governor of Edo State, Oshiomhole has proved meritoriously that he has the capacity, attitude and clout to add value to the change agenda of the APC Federal Government.”
However, in a statement in Benin by Fidelis Osa Aibangbee, Festus Uhunoma Evbade, Osaretin Igbinigie and Imariabe Philips, the group, claimed the latest scheming by the former governor was coming on the heels of his unsuccessful bid to oust Chief Odigie-Oyegun, the first elected governor of Edo State, as the National Chairman of the APC.
The group said: “It is important to bring to the notice of the public that the present moves by Oshiomhole to usurp the office of Minister from Edo State currently held by a Benin man are not new isolated events.
It follows that if the plot against Dr Ehanire is successful, it would clearly represent the continuation of Oshiomhole’s assault on our people. As an organization of articulate and concerned Benin people, we will resist the untoward design against Dr. Ehanire. We are convinced that the ordinary Benin people should no longer accept further humiliations from Adams Oshiomhole”.
They vowed that his current alleged intrigues aimed at removing Dr Ehanire would not be an easy walk over. and declared, “ we shall match his guiles and subterfuges with equal fervour; we will organize with unmatchable ardour to counter every move, subtle campaign or even open canvassing which Oshiomhole may hope to mount to take out Dr Ehanire from the of Minister from Edo State “
According to them, the former governor had taken far reaching decisions against the interests of the ordinary Benin people, citing the non – accreditations of the Edo State Schools of Nursing and midwifery both in Benin due to lack of funding only for him to approve a school of Nursing at the Edo University, Iyahmo .