The fear of defeat is one of the worst form of phobias that can possess a man. It makes him to act very irrationally, forgetting the rules of social and governmental conduct.
That is the position that the outgoing governor of Edo State has found himself.
Before I proceed, I like to make one point quite clear:
Mr Adams Oshiomhole is notorious for his excessive love for lies and false allegations.
At the commencement of this era, he made several allegations that remain unsubstantiated till date.
Like former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said, this is a man who is lacking in integrity.
Also recall that Oshiomhole’s commitment to lies and false allegations were exposed when he conducted the governorship primary of his rejected political party in Bayelsa State.
The Party’s candidate in Bayelsa State , Timipre Sylva described Oshiomhole thus: “You are a liar and mischief maker”.
Therefore, there is no reason to take Oshiomhole seriously when he makes allegations out of political phobia.
However, it is necessary to set the records straight.
Secondly, the position of the Rivers State Government has been well-articulated by the State Information Commissioner, Dr Austin Tam-George.
Dr Tam-George said in a statement in Port Harcourt that claims by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo that the two governors donated N2 billion to rig the election in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were false.
The commissioner said Wike never made such financial donation.
“Governor Wike has no links with militants in the region and anywhere in the country,” he said.
Tam-George said that the governor gave moral support to the PDP candidate in Edo to win the election.
He stated that Wike would continue to give moral support to democratic forces, not just in the region, but across the country, to bring better life to Nigerians.
Outgoing Governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole made one of the most outlandish allegations ahead of the forthcoming Edo State Governorship Election.
He told the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) that His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) , Governor of Rivers State and his Delta State counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa were exporting militants to Edo State for the purpose of disrupting the scheduled polls.
Without equivocation, this allegation is completely false and an attempt by the failed outgoing Edo State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole to divert attention from his unpopularity and rejection by the good people of Edo State.
It is regrettable that the failed outgoing Edo State Governor would choose to make false and unfounded allegations against his colleagues from the PDP, simply because they were in Edo State to campaign for their party on a day when the President and 12 APC Governors also visited Edo State for campaigns.
Adams Oshiomhole is the architect of the rejection of APC in Edo State and there is no reason why he should pass the buck to other South-South Governors campaigning for the PDP .
Was Adams Oshiomhole expecting the Rivers State Governor to campaign for the APC?
This subtle blackmail of using deliberate falsehood against the person of Governor Wike to divert attention from his political failure will not yield electoral dividends for Adams Oshiomhole.
During the 2015 General Elections, the PDP won the Presidential Election in Edo State as well as majority of the National Assembly seats.
It goes without saying that Edo State is PDP. Just like the other states of the South-South.
Furthermore, it is completely untrue that Governor Wike contributed to a N2billion fund to ensure the defeat of APC in Edo State.
This is one of the many lies of Adams Oshiomhole. Nigerians are conversant with his love for cheap lies to make newspaper headlines.
For the avoidance of doubt, Rivers State is one of the few states where salaries have been paid up to date.
As at today, Civil servants in the state have received their August 2016 salaries.
It is necessary to inform Outgoing Governor Oshiomhole that the Wike administration inherited 4-months unpaid salaries and eight months unpaid pension from the immediate past APC administration in the state, which it settled.
Governor Wike is a testimony of good governance and the judicious application of resources.
In about 15months, his achievements in Rivers State outweigh Oshiomhole’s eight years in Edo State.
There is no basis for comparison.
If Oshiomhole had utilised the Edo State resources judiciously, the people of the state wouldn’t have been angling for PDP and chanting ‘Change the Change’ every step of the way.
Mr Oshiomhole’s political misfortune is entirely his own making. There is no reason why he should attempt to rope in others .
At this stage of the nation’s political journey, Mr Adams Oshiomhole must be told that his lies and false allegations can no longer attract political benefits for him in the Niger Delta.
Here is a failed governor who has mismanaged the financial and human capital of his state thinking that lies will save his political career.
The people of the Niger Delta cannot be deceived. They know their leader and that is why they listen to Governor Wike.
Since assuming leadership in Rivers State, Governor Wike has redefined governance in the region , transforming the lives of the people through meaningful application of resources .
That is why in Edo State and other South-South States his voice is respected.
That is why across the country, he is regarded as a true voice of development.
In this dispensation when the party Oshiomhole promoted has failed Nigerians, the people are confident of the patriotism and candour of Governor Wike.
They are prepared to stand with him every step of the way.
As Oshiomhole goes into compulsory political retirement in Edo State, it behooves him to for the first time in his political career learn the first steps of being truthful.
Enough of his destructive lies!
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media