I al­most lost my life for Osh­iom­hole, says Shaibu

The Punch - - TODAY - Sola Shittu, Benin

THe edo State Deputy Gov­er­nor, Philip Shaibu, on Wed­nes­day nar­rated his or­deal and that of mem­bers of his fam­ily while he was try­ing to save the Na­tional Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Adams Osh­iom­hole, from be­ing re­moved from of­fice as the state gov­er­nor.

Shaibu said he was al­most killed along­side his fam­ily mem­bers in the process.

The deputy gov­er­nor stated this while speak­ing with jour­nal­ists in Benin City af­ter he was dec­o­rated as the Mid­west Tempo Mag­a­zine Man of the Year for his con­tri­bu­tions to the growth of democ­racy in Nige­ria and the de­vel­op­ment of the state.

He charged the peo­ple of the state to sup­port Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki’s ef­forts aimed at re­defin­ing gov­er­nance to im­prove the lives of res­i­dents.

He said, “I was bru­talised for Osh­iom­hole. I was pre­pared to lay down my life for him.

“I threw my fam­ily mem­bers over the fence for safety when I was at­tacked for his sake.

“My hands were stitched af­ter I was at­tacked on the floor of the state House of Assem­bly, try­ing to save Adams Osh­iom­hole from be­ing re­moved in his first and sec­ond terms in of­fice.

“It is now time for the peo­ple of Edo State to choose if we want progress. Our progress must not be put in re­verse. Some per­sons want to stop edo State from pro­gress­ing but this is the time to de­fend Gov­er­nor Obaseki and the Edo peo­ple.”

Shaibu de­scribed him­self as “a true com­rade” and noted that he de­served the ti­tle of com­rade­ship, hav­ing protested and fought the mil­i­tary along­side no­table Nige­ri­ans like the late Chief Gani Fawe­hinmi, to re­store democ­racy in Nige­ria.

He said, “My Khaki is au­then­tic, I earned it with my con­tri­bu­tions to the re­turn of democ­racy in Nige­ria. I suf­fered in the course of the strug­gle to re­turn Nige­ria to civil rule in 1999.

“I am not copy­ing any­one by put­ting on khaki; I earned it. I am a true com­rade. I am not a com­rade that speaks from both sides of his mouth.”

Shaibu, who won­dered why Osh­iom­hole wanted to stand against Obaseki’s sec­ond term bid, said the for­mer gov­er­nor once told him that he be­lieved in sec­ond term be­cause the first term was never enough for some­one to make a dif­fer­ence.

He said, “I re­mem­ber Osh­iom­hole told me he be­lieves in sec­ond term, say­ing four years were not enough for some­one to make a dif­fer­ence.

“edo peo­ple lis­tened to him and the party gave him an over­whelm­ing con­sen­sus, which made him to emerge as the party’s can­di­date lead­ing to his vic­tory in the elec­tion.

“We are for good gov­er­nance. We have a gov­er­nor that has re­de­fined good gov­er­nance and he is do­ing all he promised the peo­ple dur­ing his cam­paign.”

The deputy gov­er­nor said Osh­iom­hole who told him that he did not be­lieve in re­mov­ing leg­is­la­tors, acted con­trary to his po­si­tion and worked against Damian Lawani.”

•L-R: Turk­ish Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Mebh Vlueren; Turk­ish Min­is­ter of Trade, Ruh­sar Petean; Vice-pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo; and Min­is­ter of In­dus­try, Trade and In­vest­ment, Otunba Adeniyi Ade­bayo, dur­ing a courtesy visit by the Turk­ish busi­ness del­e­ga­tion to the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja... on Tues­day. Photo: NAN

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