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Benue Govt Slams Oshiomhole, Says He Lacks Moral Standing

Adams Oshiomhole

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, (THEWILL) – The Benue State Government has slammed the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, saying he lacks the moral standing to accuse other leaders of corruption.

The state government said this on Saturday in reaction to comments by Oshiomhole after Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While commenting on Ortom’s defection, Oshiomhole said the governor had deepened the circle of poverty in his state alleging that the governor fell out with the leadership of the party in his state because his close allies were involved in the killings in Benue.

In reaction, the state, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state government, Mr Terver Akase, said Oshiomhole praised Governor Ortom on July 19 after their meeting in Abuja, telling reporters that the APC was working to address the governor’s grievances and ensure he remains in the APC.

“The APC national chairman’s sudden aggression towards governor Ortom has revealed among other things, the true oppressive intentions of the ruling party APC against Nigerians,” the statement read.

“Oshiomhole appears to be flying a kite of an agenda to intimidate and suppress Nigerians who desire freedom from a party which has clearly failed to secure lives and property, thereby ushering in an orgy of violence never before witnessed in the history of the country.

“Adams Oshiomhole’s diatribe against governor Ortom has also revealed the plot hatched by APC leaders within and outside Benue to throw the state into political crisis ahead of the 2019 elections.

“Comrade Oshiomhole ought to be telling Nigerians why they should vote for APC next year instead of embarking on a voyage of attacks on perceived opponents. His unprovoked attack on Governor Ortom and other members of the opposition has not translated to a single vote for the APC.

“A man of supposed high political stature like Oshiomhole should rather be out to court the sympathy of the very few key actors still left in the APC even in the face of unprecedented frustration by anomalies in the party instead of launching laughable verbal assaults on those who can no longer stand the strange happenings within the party.

“Insulting almost all those who have left due to the party’s inability to address their grievances would only convince those yet to make up their minds that they are truly in the wrong place.

“Oshiomhole appears to be in a hurry to justify his moniker as an undertaker who has come to evacuate what is left of the once popular APC into oblivion as recently observed by the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“As a former governor, Oshiomhole ought to be statesmanly in his utterances. As the chairman of the ruling party, he ought to speak with decorum and caution, to market his party and its candidates to Nigerians and not try to whip political opponents into silence.

“On his allegation that the governor’s aides are among those killing people in the state, it seems Oshiomhole is privy to the ongoing investigation of the suspects arrested in connection with the murder of two Catholic priests and 17 worshipers at Mbalom, Gwer east local government area of Benue state.

“With his jumping into conclusion that the suspects were sponsored by the governor, our suspicion is that either the investigation into the matter has been compromised or the APC national chairman is influencing it.

“Benue people know who their killers are, and the attackers are believed to be sponsored by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and other Miyetti Allah groups.

“We advise the APC national chairman to stop his shameful dance on the graves of innocent Benue children, pregnant women and others slaughtered by armed herdsmen. Governor Ortom won’t let APC’s latter day media attacks distract his administration from providing good governace to the people as he has been doing.”