NGF Crisis: ‘PDP Is An Organisation Of Rogues’; I’m vindicated –Oshiomhole
Edo State government has stated that the controversy surrounding the outcome of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has vindicated Governor Adams Oshiomhole that the Peoples Democratic party is an organisation of rogues.
It also stated that Rivers State governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, never donated N500 million to the campaign funds of Governor Oshiomhole, as reported by our sister publication.
On the alleged donation by Amaechi, Prince Kassim Afegbua, special adviser, media and publicity to Governor Oshiomhole, said, in a statement, that all those who made donations to the Edo governor’s campaign were listed and in its report.
He stated that the allegation was an orchestrated attempt to give Amaechi a bad name, adding that Oshiomhole knows the provision of the Electoral Act (as amended) and could not have received such donation.
The governor’s aide also stated that there was no time Amaechi spent two nights in Edo State, as stated in the report.
While saying that Amaechi was duly re-elected as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the statement said the action of some PDP governors, especially those who said they have another NGF chairman, shows the character of the party.
The statement said: “The attention of the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, has been drawn to a news report published in Daily Sun of Thursday, 30th May, 2013 page 3, indicating that Amaechi’s travails might not be unconnected to his alleged donation of N500m for the second term campaigns of the duly elected Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.
“To state the fact, there was no time that the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, donated any money, let alone the sum of N500m, either directly or by proxy, to the campaign funds of the Comrade Governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. Again, we wish to state unequivocally that there was no time that the Rivers State governor spent two nights in Benin City before, during and after the campaigns of the comrade governor.
“The Oshiomhole Campaign Organisation was very conscious of the requirement of the law, with respect to donation, reason it embarked on public fund raising dinners in Lagos, Abuja and Benin City. All those who made donations to the second term campaign of the performing Governor Oshiomhole were well captured in our reports and duly appreciated. There was nowhere that the Rivers State governor was captured as having donated, let alone such a whopping sum of N500m.
“But for a country and a democracy such as ours, there should be no crime for any governor to honour the invitation of the comrade governor on his second term inauguration, especially that of the duly elected chairman of the Governors’ Forum. The beauty of democracy and credible elections is the exhibition of the spirit of sportsmanship by the loser and his party, and not this invidious show of hostility by the opposition PDP.”
When the comrade governor earlier referred to the PDP as a party of rogues, the party went for his jugular by calling him unprintable names and churning out all manner of lies and concocted tales just to make an impression. With the recent outcome of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum election, which returned Governor Amaechi as duly elected, and following the u-turn of those who participated in the exercise, the comrade governor’s roguish description of the PDP has become instructively appropriate.