… it was neither a strategy nor a scheme but by voters mandate
By: OSATA OSAYOGIE RAPHAEL! SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNOR
A response to John Mayaki’s Diatribe on Obaseki! Edo State House of Assembly Election: How The Tyrant Consolidated Power with Brutally
It is once again to respond to my good poet, a social and political writer, Mr John Mayaki’s dissertation, manuscript and lengthy essay.
I will be very objective and constructive to respond to Mr John Mayaki’s. But before I do that, I would want Mr John Mayaki to be abreast with all the political manipulations perpetrated by Adam’s Aliu Oshomole during the course of my comprehensive and lengthy essay.
I have to confess that scanning and skimming through John Mayaki’s lengthy piece of write up. I would want to be very objective and constructive that the manuscript was tasking, delegating and imposing. Be that as it may. I would like to pensively digest the essay and respond sporadically and critically to all the stage-managed lies and allegations levied against his excellency, the Governor of Edo state, Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki. This is highly imperative and expedient in order to correct the mindsets of all well meaning Edolites and Nigerians to facts and realities of the underlying situations. Such as statements of CALUMNY AND DEFAMATION, casting aspersions and indictments in a derogatory manner.
My major goal to your response is to convey a thought and a constructively prove a point to your concocted lies and flippant statements against the governor of Edo State.
In any dimension, be it academics, journalistic, philosophical or psychological I also feel very moved that the election for the Edo State House of Assembly was peaceful, free and fair to a large extent. Remember, during the presidential election of February 25th, 2023. His excellency the Governor of Edo state accepted the result in good faith. There was no qualms.
Moreover, this is the first time since 1999 that more than two political parties are represented in Edo State House of Assembly without any bias. Can such happens during Adams Oshomole’s tenure?. The answer is capital NO.
It is so sad that that APC actually prepared for this Edo State House of Assembly Election. I really, really commiserate and sympathize with you guys. I don’t have much to say about the election of 18th of March, 2023. It has been done and dusted. I suppose by now you should know the result by now. But I leave you to your gruesome defeat and state of despondency. Iwould re-iterate again and again by comprehensively sending you the political anomalies and manipulations perpetrated by Adams Aliu Oshomole during is eight years of reign.
Oshomole’s ferocious and brutish reign as a Political Terror
I do hope we cannot allow a rebound into the Godfatherism and Agberoism he always wants to be.
Can we agree that we got it wrong or right in 2016? It is a question and not an emphatic statement. Someone posed that question to me and for a second, I was pensively in a deep thought to have placed my hands akimbo.
What do you think about that question too!
Adams Oshiomole is a likeable individual but highly disdainful, egocentric and flippant in natur, he’s mastered the skill of warming up on people and endearing himself to folks through the superfluity of his craftiness that he perfected in the Labour unions.The man is cunningly and cleverly smart and we must give him his due. Let’s Congratulate him too on his election victory, I told friends that Adams can remain on that seat for the next 100 years and his kinsmen will likely have no qualms. But on a long run, the attributes of a Lion will surely manifest.Can a leopard change it skin? I leave that question for my opponent to decide.
There’s a battle for the soul of Edo State just now and we can see the gimmicks and scheming at play.That’s not my worry though, my worry is that alot of us can see clearly that Adams Oshiomole is jumping down from his baobab tree where he has been relegated to and wants a rebound into the Godfatherism cloak he loves to wear. Thank God APC has been defeated.
I ask again, Did we get it wrong or right in 2016?
In 2016, he sought for our shinning stars in Edo State, he sort them into groups just to seek to make Merchandise of them, Adams promised everyone of his unalloyed support to succeed him , he told all the aspirants the same things, took money from them, lied to them, made mockery of them and watched them fall over themselves in his deceit. These were highly distinguished gentlemen who had excelled by no small measure in their fields of endeavor.
We clearly saw him axe his loyal Deputy Governor Hon Pius Odubu because he knew he couldn’t control Odubu, he axed General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), he axed our Celebrated Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi, he axed these illustrious sons because he knew he couldn’t control them if they became Governor. He wanted his stooge so he could become the godfather he always wanted to be. The same godfatherism he pretended to hate.
Then with powers from above, He axed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who lost the 2016 Gubernatorial election. He knew if the Edo people took ownership of their Government, he would gradually be swept into oblivion.
Then Godwin Obaseki came on the scene and Adams would always want to usurp authority over the sitting Governor, he wanted State decisions taken in his own house, he wanted to determine who got what contract and when, he wanted to be worshipped by all and sundry.He wanted to be the god of Edo politics. But this time he got it wrong.
History reminds us that as Governor himself, he did all he could to dim the sparkling lights of all those who came before him, he will use extreme derogatories at the Esama of Benin, he’ll use very harsh invectives at Lucky Igbinedion and call him unprintable names everywhere he went to, he’ll make mockery of Chief Anthony Anenih, he’ll blast Prof (Sen) Oserhiemen Osunbor, he wouldn’t spare senior Edo sons even if they did nothing or said nothing, the goal was to verbally destroy them and kneel on their necks….the list of disparaging words he’ll use at eminent Edo men is not in short supply. Oshio was a loose canon and for a moment, he enjoyed the support of a few but that was shortlived.
As Ex-governor, his desire was to make Godwin Obaseki superlatively subservient to him, he’ll shade the Deputy Governor Hon Philip Shuaibu, downgrade him and want to relegate him to the dustbin simply because Philip Shuaibu wanted to have his own mind and subject his actions to the guidance of his conscience, Philip simply wanted Oshiomole to leave Godwin alone to serve his people and not serve him; the godfather. After Philip refused a kangaroo impeachment of Godwin, he turned into the devil and Oshiomole swore to destroy him. Prominent Etsako sons will plead with him but the assuming godfatherism was too enmeshed and engulfed in his guile to reason otherwise.This time he got it wrong.
Oshiomole’s modus operandi is to completely obliterate anyone who had a star and could shine, any luminous and celebrated Edo son was the target of Adams Oshiomole in and out of office.Like a child deprived of love in his growing years, Oshiomole wanted the light on only him and would annihilate any obstacle on his path.A path that only leads to self destruction.
How he humiliated the then APC Chairman Chief Odigie Oyegun is not lost in our memory, how he humiliated the Onojie of Uromi is fresh in our hearts, how he bastardized royalty across the State permeates our senses through the vicissitudes of time, we have kept our memories alive. Any Distinguished Edo son was his enemy except you buried your head in his coccyx, the man wanted to be untop of everything and everyone and when Godwin Obaseki will revolt obstinately against his oppression and disdain for others having the yeast to rise, Adams Oshiomole will result all sorts of blackmail against Godwin and the people watched keenly. This time he has failled. Victory for PDP
But Godwin and indeed the generality of Edo People will have none of it.
Godwin and the people will then reduce Oshiomole to the matchbox of local politics by getting him out as National Chairman in an uncelebrated manner and Adams will respond by trying to instigate societies derelicts he had “made” to disturb the peace of the people and the sanity of the Government and the story that followed can be told by all.
Educated and accomplished men were dragged to hades by Adams but the mental hobos, the never do wells were empowered with the machinery of the State to become street lords and given kingly robes, terrorizing the people and making life hell for them.These goons became the untouchables, they decided who the police could arrest and what kind of weapons they decided to brandish as the collected revenue for the State. Noble men were reduced to rubbles and hooligans were made to feed fat on the state.They had become the Alpha Beta in Edo State and whatever they returned to the State as revenue was received without question.
Didn’t these strange men close down streets to celebrate that they’ve become billionaires in Edo State. Billionaires on the sweat of helpless women in our markets, striving artisans, small businesses trying to eke a living all across the State.I mean, these guys were living the life, they did the dirty job for Adams and were made to ride on golden horses as a reward.This time he has failled.
While he was Governor, he became both the DON and CAPON respectively; the godfather and the ruler of everything in Edo State and for many years, the people were blinded by his sweet antics and he could do no wrong in their eyes until they saw who a truly was.
I felt displeased when my big brothers; very notable and astounding Edo sons fell for him again in 2020 even after Godwin Obaseki had jumped ship, Comrade Adams would promise everyone in the APC his support and swindle everyone again like he did in 2016. My dear brother will emerge APC candidate under controversial circumstances but the people withheld their grace and granted it to Godwin Obaseki again to complete his 8 year tenure.The song on the streets was “torgba”
Nobody ever beat Oshiomole to his game of foxiness but somehow, Godwin did.
Godwin didn’t only beat him to the game but the Edo people gave their absolute imprimatur to Godwin and Adams has not forgiven the people for standing up to him and chasing him into his own shadows.
It is battle time again in 2023, he is rolling up his sleeves to get into the battle arena not for you or I, it has never been about us. Our friend is seeking a majestic rebound into the godfather stable he has always wanted to have in Edo State. He has completely failled. Kudos to PDP faithfuls and loyalists for coming victorious.
While I think we should not get injured in their war, I think we must protect the ultimate authority of the people vested on Godwin Obaseki just now as Governor.We must contain, sustain and retain the tenets of democracy where the people decide who will lead them.Godwin has impressed some and has not impressed some but we will have the people decide and not Adams Oshiomole.That has been decided postively.
We as a people have demystified godfatherism in Edo State, we have weakened the ability for twisted men to impose leaders on us, we have derobbed the political popes that want to anoint Governors or Senators or Congressmen for us, We have chased them to the baobab trees to rest with their kindred spirits, like the proverbial “abiku” who keeps coming and going these several seasons, we have exorcised the ghosts of division that they bring upon us when elections come and our tower of babel as a multi ethnic state has become our power of babel.
We the people will protect our sons and daughters from being enslaved ànew by Adams Oshiomole, we will rise up in Edo South, Edo Central and Edo North and resist the diabolical machinations of those who want to oppress us continually.
Power must remain with the people by all means.
Our “abiku” is coming again, the grounds are wet with mourning, the pouring of libations have fingers pointed at him, “abiku” is calling for the second and the repeated time.The lions and tigers are gearing up to abiku’s call again but in the coccyx of the baobab tree they will remain.Edo people will resist them.
There will be no more godfatherism in Edo State.Agberos will not become lords again.The coast is now clear.
We will not allow Adams Oshiomole a rebound into the Godfather he wants to be.This has been achieved by the just concluded Edo State House of Assembly Election.
You may fault my use of words, you may fault my choice of words, you may even fault my bias but you cannot fault the truth I have written in this piece.
The Edo State House of Assembly Election has been be concluded. Very peaceful in most places. Done and dusted. Congratulations to all PDP faithfuls, loyalists and Edolites.