Crusoe Osagie spokesman of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has alleged that the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole wanted to use his successor to defraud Edo people.
The aide was reacting in a statement on Sunday to tweets by Oshiomhole about his regret for supporting Obaseki in 2016.
Mr Osagie alleged that Oshiomhole’s outbursts were expressions of frustration over the failure to achieve his goal to govern Edo State for a third term using Governor Obaseki as a proxy.
He said: “In 2016 when Oshiomhole nominated and supported Obaseki, his hidden motive was to use Governor Obaseki who he thought would be a pawn in his game to defraud Edo people and enthrone himself as the ultimate godfather of Edo politics at the expense of the will and wishes of Edo people.
“However, Obaseki’s refusal to mortgage the interest of the majority of Edo people for the satisfaction of the avarice of Oshiomhole and his handful of greedy followers is the cause of Oshiomhole’s bitterness which has led him to bury himself in pursuit of an innocent governor who is trying to do the right thing for his people.
“If Oshiomhole had made any mistake in supporting Obaseki in 2016, it is to the extent that he thought that the Governor will submit himself as a tool to be used to hold the collective will and best interest of all Edo people hostage and for this Obaseki owes Oshiomhole no apologies because the interest of Edo people is and will always be greater than the interest of one man.”