The government of Edo State has flayed members of the group, Edo Peoples Movement, for attempting to absolve Adams Oshiomhole from the breach of government regulations to monitor coronavirus spread in Edo State.
In a statement on Friday, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, said, “Our attention has been drawn to a vacuous publication by a group of dissidents under the tattered umbrella of the Edo Peoples Movement, who, hidden behind a finger, took on the ignoble task of defending the activities of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his minions.
“They have once again tried to offer explanations for Oshiomhole’s indiscretion and uncharitable actions in organizing a botched All Progressive Congress mock primarily in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in a futile attempt to select a candidate from an avarice-stricken lot, with the ultimate mission of unlocking the Edo State public purse for its self-serving ends.
“Before any attempt to engage in the issues, these characters must be asked some questions which they must answer before right-thinking members of the public can take them seriously. Why has Oshiomhole, who has been accused of organising the mock primary not come out openly to distance himself from the action, condemn it and possibly open up investigation within the party to find out the facts of the matter and punish the culprits? Why is the denial coming from third parties?”
He continued, “These surrogates have made attempts at various fora either to suggest that the meeting never took place; that it was conducted for reasons other than choosing a candidate to further their interest during the elections and yet another version was that it actually took place but the participants were no more than 20 individuals.” Those who do not know them will be fooled into thinking that the object of this stocktaking is for these persons to pursue further judicious use of these funds to bring value to Edo people; but far from it, Edo people know them all too well and their interest is not geared to derive more value for the common man in the state.”