November 16, (THEWILL) – A few more conundrums for the deposed, power gone awry former APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole. What are Oshiomhole’s educational qualifications? What are his claims to civility, democratic ethos and decency? What are his political ideas and governance principles?
In civilised societies and climes, such a loquacious vanity of power-drunk functional illiterate, who gleefully told an innocent widow “to go and die”, will be cooling off in the gulag for abuse of ephemeral power, given to him by the electorate, including the woman he made a victim of his ruinous administration in that state.
Prior to Oshiomhole’s second term ambition in Edo State, the state’s Ministry of Education was razed down by mysterious fire in the midst of a legal battle suggesting that the primary school, which he claimed to have attended wasn’t established at the time he claimed to have attended it.
In the inferno, all the pre and post-colonial documents, including certificates of persons who ever lived and worked in that part of the country were lost forever!
In 2013, Oshiomhole conducted a sham election across the 18 Local Government Election Areas of Edo State. He was the player, umpire and goalkeeper at the same time. While the election was still going on in Uromi, the report that one Mr John Yakubu of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was leading in the polls, Oshiomhole called the electoral officials in charge to announce that Mr Yakubu has lost the election.
This is one of Oshiomhole’s history, he wants the Nigerian electorate to forget because as a hermit and bully tyrant, the more the people forget, the more he entrenches himself in the national politics of deception. How do we reconcile the fact that a man, who borrowed the catchphrase “One Man One Vote”, would suddenly descend into a bizarre cul-de-sac of electoral infamy at the detriment of citizens who wished for a better representation?
Oshiomhole’s baleful criticism of Peter Obi of the Labour Party is akin to a remorseless prodigal child’s reckless attack on his father, after squandering a lifetime. Even though we know that Oshiomhole is every, but progressive, with his penchant for outright deceit, manipulative tricks and hollowness, Nigerians still expect him to distance himself from the Labour Party and Peter Obi in his best interest.
One of the major undoings of Adams Oshiomhole, is his mental corrosion and the belief that everyone is as backward, narrow-minded, shameless, and corrupt as himself. At the twilight of his exit from Edo State Government House in November 2016, Oshiomhole forced the State House of Assembly to legislate Two Hundred Million Naira (N200m) annual pension and Three Hundred Million (N300m) to build two houses for him in Lagos, and Abuja, and a modern Jeep of all time and five domestic staffs for himself, as long as he remained alive!
Who should Nigerians elect into the nation’s presidency between Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC, who Oshiomhole borrowed a leaf from, by legislating billions of naira for themselves after leaving office, while the taxpayers languished in abject poverty, darkness, collapse of state and national infrastructure and unremitting corruption?
Peter Obi has told Nigerians to fact-check him on all issues, including the fact that he hasn’t taken a dime from the Anambra State Government since he left office, including pensions for former Governors or land allocation to him or any of his family members. Oshiomhole as Edo State Governor forcefully revoked people’s landed property, including that of the late Prof Osayuki Oshodi, the former University of Benin Vice-Chancellor and built his personal house on the piece of land in GRA, Benin City.
Yet, the 78-year-old Oshiomhole, with more than five houses already built in Abuja, is currently building a multi-billion Naira house in Asokoro when he is almost close to his departure hall. Oshiomhole should have learned one or two basic lessons of human frailty, the vanity nature of stolen wealth with the rumours making the rounds that the dollars he buried in his house at Iyamho have been eaten up by termites!
Oshiomhole is no less a thoroughbred prankster, attention-seeking conman and a groping half-baked creature of mere surfaces, with a primitive inclination for avarice, fraud and graft. It’s common knowledge that piles of petitions against him are before the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Related Commission (ICPC) for the brazen looting of Edo State resources for 8 years.
Who will tell Oshiomhole to concentrate on the failed promises APC made to Nigerians from 2014 to now, and stop campaigning after the woeful failure of his party? Who will educate Oshiomhole that his empty twitches are not adding up? Who will tell that like Ichabod, the glory has departed from him?
Oshiomhole’s tragic outing on Arise Television programme solidly reinforces the call for facts checking our history, to avoid accidental leaders from riding the roughshod to power.
Written by Comrade Erasmus Ikhide