Wike asks Oshiomhole to resign over failure to stop Bayelsa swearing-in

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has demanded the resignation of national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, for his failure to stop the inauguration of new Bayelsa State governor, David Diri, as he boasted.

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He made the call Saturday, while speaking in an interview in Port Harcourt when he described Oshiomhole as a politician without character.  He noted that the APC national chairman is always driven by survival instincts.

He said: “This is a country where you see people, who do not have character. Today, they sing a song, tomorrow they sing another song. I think Oshiomhole, as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is not a character that anybody should associate with.

“First of all, I have never been violent and I will never be violent. However, when you see an armed robber come to your house, will you plead with the armed robber and say please, I beg you to leave my house. People think that armed robbers are only those, who cart away people’s money. The worst form of armed robbery is when you steal peoples mandate, just like what Oshiomhole is noted for. He thinks because he’s in the ruling party, he can use security to steal the mandate of the people. He was taught a lesson, a bitter lesson and I want to repeat, if you come to steal our mandate, the people will respond accordingly. They will oppose your stealing of their mandate and so, Oshiomhole thinks that because he is in the ruling party, nobody should say anything or do anything. Stealing is not only when you go to rob a bank. The worse form of armed robbery is when you steal the mandate of the people.”

He stated that Oshiomhole cannot lay claim to having canvassed for one man, one vote, because, he is not practising the philosophy.

He noted that he stopped attending the National Economic Council because Oshiomhole turned it into a forum to bash Former President Goodluck Jonathan, when he had gone to praise Jonathan at Aso Villa for ensuring credible elections.

“When Jonathan made sure the election was free and fair, Oshiomhole came to the villa and thanked Jonathan. When Jonathan left office, one of the reason why I don’t go to NEC meeting is because of Oshiomhole; when he was a member. When Jonathan left, there was no day at the NEC meeting Oshiomhole would not bring Jonathan down.  Meanwhile, that was the same man Oshiomhole went to praise  for allowing one man one vote.  But when the man left, Oshiomhole changed. That is his character,” he said.

Wike said that Oshiomhole became governor through questionable means. He noted that the questionable emergence of Oshiomhole led to constitutional amendment for governorship matters to terminate at the Supreme Court.

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He said: “Nigerians know one matter that led to the amendment of the electoral act where governorship election has to go to the Supreme Court is because of the Oshiomhole matter. So, he cannot come out and say he was clean in terms of electoral process. That will be very bad.

“Oshiomhole said he fought godfatherism and at the same time, he wants to install himself as a godfather in Edo State. Why is he fighting Obaseki? It is because the man didn’nt take instruction from him.  He preaches what he doesn’t practice.”

The Rivers State governor maintained that Oshiomhole lacks the powers to challenge the pronouncement of the Supreme Court. 

The governor said that Oshiomhole’s talk questioning his membership of PDP is the unintelligent talk of an illiterate declaring that he is a strong and unrepentant member of the PDP.

He said that he speaks out his mind at all times does not mean that his membership  of PDP is in doubt. Governor Wike said that he is not at the same level with Oshiomhole.  He noted that what Oshiomhole is doing is to regain the confidence of APC governors and leaders.

He said: “I will not be a member of their party; I have  always  been  a member  of  PDP and they know that.  Oshiomhole knows that his party does not even score up to 25 percent in my state. He cannot not tell me that. There is a saying in  my place.  Somebody who  has nothing to say, he says see how you are. So, Oshiomhole has nothing to say about me. And I want to tell him that  his party is probing him about the so-called hospital he says he built. I am not the one.

 “So, he  should face his problems but  shame should be on him that at the end of the day that the PDP candidate has been sworn-in as the governor of Bayelsa State. You can’t come out and open your mouth and say it will never happen. Now, it has happened.

“If I were him, I would resign. I would leave. I am not his friend, so, he cannot say my friend. How can I be a friend to somebody, who will say one thing today, tomorrow he will say another thing. Oshiomhole visits people at night. It is very very unfortunate for him and I pity him.  All his efforts to regain his chairmanship has failed.

“All he is doing today is because the governors and some leaders of the party are saying that this man cannot lead our party. Oshiomhole has failed. He is a man, who opens his mouth anyhow. And this should be his last time, the moment he goes further, then, he will know that Rivers State is not what he thinks it is.

“We will tell him where he belongs. I will tell him where he goes in the night, and where he goes in the day time,” the governor stated.

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He alleged that the former unionist was very corrupt, as he used proceeds from workers to build his political career. 

“Oshiomhole claimed he was a unionist. He said he worked in the textile industry. Mention one man, who works in the textile industry and is as rich as Oshiomhole today. He used to wear ordinary Khaki, today, he wears Safari with diamond buttons.  Simply because I said Oshiomhole cannot destabilise this country, who the hell is Oshiomhole to say that nobody can be sworn in when the Supreme Court has made a pronouncement; whether good or bad.”

On Oshiomhole’s parable that he (Oshiomhole) is an antelope, while Governor Wike is a tortoise, the Rivers State governor stated that his pedigree and education are beyond that of the embattled APC national chairman.

He said: “It’s unfortunate that Oshiomhole will use that word to say a tortoise challenging an antelope. Its like saying in a country where Chimpanzee can be anything. How can Oshiomhole compare himself to me. I’m well read. I am a lawyer. I am a life bencher. I have my first degree in Political Science and my second degree in Law, and I went to the Nigerian Law School and I passed very well. Let Oshiomhole tell me which University he attended. As a unionist, he enriched himself. How did he become the governor of Edo State, who doesn’t know? It’s just the country that we are in people who cannot boast of any certificate can be national chairman. Let Oshiomhole tell me one University he attended. I attended the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University and served in old Gongola State.

“How dare he open his mouth and called himself an antelope. Oshiomhole has become an Antelope because he is the national chairman of a ruling party. Its now a ruling party because they told Nigerians lies. Let Oshiomhole come out and tell us his background, except that he became governor through dubious way. I have become a local government chairman, Chief of Staff, a minister and a governor and by the grace of God, a second time serving governor.

“Oshiomhole has the audacity to say nobody would be sworn in in Bayelsa State; causing crisis in the country and nobody wants to call him to order; but for people like us in Rivers State.  Because of people like Oshiomhole and his style of leadership, his party lost so many areas they ought not to have lost. What made them not to have candidates in Rivers State and Zamfara, its because of Oshiomhole. Oshiomhole led to the problem they had in Bayelsa. Oshiomhole takes from two sides. He is not a man of integrity and nobody should take him seriously.”

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