EDO 2020: PDP Raise Concern Over Arson

Gov. Godwin Obaseki
Gov. Godwin Obaseki

….and APCs’ ineptitude.

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… Isn’t it ironic? 

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me…

Martin Niemöller

In the run up to the 2012 governorship elections, there was a killing that shook the political landscape in Edo state. Governor Oshiomole’s Secretary, Olaitan was murdered! Prior to that incident, Edo was the poster state for peaceful and non violent elections. Opposition and government personnel showed mutual respect and tolerance towards each other. Drank from same cups and eat from same plates at functions. Their only point of disagreement was that they believed they could run the state better and more effectively so that more people would benefit from the programs of their governments! 

To the shock and bewilderment of some of us, Adams Oshiomhole and his APC for reasons I still cannot fathom, went on air to create the most destructive, hate filled, corrosive and damning narrative that the young man’s death was planned and executed by the leadership of PDP in the state. He spoke with so much anger and vile. He betrayed the trust the office he held bestowed on him. He whipped up so much political sentiments that a death that would ordinarily have brought all parties together, divided a state even further. A thorough police and DSS investigation exonerated our party and leaders even though many had been invited and detained for hours by the police under the guise of investigation but we were aware it was under pressure and directive from Gov Adams Oshiomhole! He did it to gain political capital! But no one spoke up! 

Now, in the run up to the 2020 governorship elections, protégés, trained and tutored by Adams Oshiomhole, are using same playbook. Governor Obaseki has accused his estranged party members rather disingenuously, of arson!
Even before the fire is put off at Ekiosa market, APC faction led by Godwin Obaseki released a statement that the fire was started to discredit the government. A day later as is customary with Godwin Obaseki, he visited the market and made same assertion of arson and political vendetta. No mention is made of the lack of a fire brigade service in the state or measures taken so far or lessons learnt from the previous market fires. Not less than four in the last four months! EDSG has set up as many committees to look at reasons for the fires and ways to stem them. Till date, only the relocation of Santana market seems to be their only solution as government policy.

I was embarrassed to hear the governor pronounce arson and even went ahead to point fingers at his estranged party members as responsible for it even before the commencement of investigation by the police or fire brigade. Gov Obaseki even knew why they would have done it. But no one Spoke up! 

The action of the state government in 2019 reminded me of that of the state government in 2012. The common denominator is that both are APC government. They are desperate, self centered, intolerant, wicked, brutish and pursuing a political vendetta laced in Political Witch Hunt. 

Edo people deserve more and better! 

New leader. New vision. New direction.

PDP…making EDO people matter


Chris Osa Nehikhare

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