Barr. Anselm Ojezua, the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Edo State is known to have come from a respectable, humble and successful parental background. Also as a product of the renowned Catholic Mission School, Immaculate Conception College (ICC) Benin City, It is expected that he has imbibed very high morals and excellent education
The present utterances emanating from him is a sign that he is fastly falling below expectations by joining Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his cohorts in insulting Chief John Odigie Oyegun the APC National Chairman as reported in the Vanguard Newspapers of Saturday July, 2nd 2016. Chief Odigie Oyegun, the 77 year old APC National Chairman has the records of having midwifed various political parties that merged to form APC, peacefully conducted the affairs of the party and achieved successes is the 2015 respective primaries state and winning the general elections that produced the Federal and 26 states Governments in Nigeria. He is also a renowned retired Super Permanent Secretary at various Federal Government Ministries and the first Executive Governor of Edo State. For Anselm Ojezua to publicly insult Chief Oyegun is to incur the curse of God.
Since trust begets trust, how can anyone trust Anselm Ojezua when he could not use his office as APC State Chairman to stop Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Executive Governor, the chief security officer and attendantly the chief Umpire to have deployed his state exco members, APC Executives and State resources to publicly procure the Governorship candidature for Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the expense of other eleven aspirants. That he, Anselm Ojezua as a lawyer to aver that the Saturday, June 18th Governorship Primaries in Edo state was free and transparent is proof of his degree of dishonesty and indecorum. In order to give credibility to Nigeria electoral system, Chief Odigie Oyegun and his national executives had remained neutral during the APC presidential and State Primary Elections. Is it not for the same reason that President Barrack Obama had remained neutral throughout the just concluded Democratic Party presidential primaries in the United States of America?
Could Anselm Ojezua have been drunk to have joined Oshiomhole to criminally pervade Edo Sate electoral system by foisting Obaseki as his successor in Edo State? Also should Oshiomhole not have to conferred with Chief Odigie Oyegun and Dr. Osagie Ehanire as the National Chairman and Federal Minister and other Edo South Stakeholders respectively before foisting Obaseki on Edo South people?
And where was Oshiomhole and his cohorts of Barr. Osarodion Ogie, Hon Charles Idahosa, Chief Osaro Idah among others when APC Edo South got 0% in the 28th March, 2015 Presidential and National Assembly general elections as result of protest votes against Oshiomhole’s foisting candidates and boasting in bill boards adverts that “A Vote for Oshiomhole is a vote for Buhari”?
In 1991, the late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, as Nigeria Vice President and Tom Ikimi as National Rebublican Convention (NRC) National Chairman foisted Lucky Igbinedion on the people of Edo South. Attendantly, stakeholders had crucial meeting and adopted Oyegun. Thus swinging the NRC 90% dominated Edo South Local Governments in voting SDP to give Oyegun a win and Governorship. It was a repeat feat that turned Edo South 0% defeat at the March 28th, 2015 elections into 100% victory at the April 11th, 2015 election, purely to protect and enhance a Benin Son Chief John Odigie Oyegun’s position as APC National Chairman.
Also let it be known that the current apathy in Edo South is due to Adams Oshiomhole’s foisting Godwin Obaseki on Edo state as governorship candidate which is seen as his actualisation of Oshiomhole reported agenda as contained in the Vanguard Newspaper of 5th May, 2015 Agenda to rule from Iyamoh through a surrogate Governor. Thus, in spite of Edo South stakeholders continued efforts to protect and uphold a Benin worthy son, Chief Oyegun’s position as APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and cohorts are warned and advised to urgently stop all actions of shame, and public insult on all people of Edo South. Worst still Governor Oshiomole political god son, Philip Shuaibu has been appointed as dep. Governor to Godwin Obaseki which is an indication of Oshiomole’s 3rd term in office. A slap on the faces of Edo people and harm of APC in the state.
Let it be known that Oshiomhole has been committing many abominations in insulting General Samuel Ogbemudia, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Col Paul Ogbebor (Rtd), Chief John Oyegun true and credible sons of Edo south among others. He has been going free because it was the people of Edo South that massively voted him as Edo State Governor in 2007 when his people of Edo North rejected him as a member of an unwanted tribe that should not be allowed to rule over them.
However, it is Barr Gentleman Ameghor as APC Vice Chairman and Hon. Pius Odubu as deputy Governor that will take the blamed for the APC Edo South current political debacle. This is on the ground that for the duo short sightedness and quick gains that they have purposely betrayed the Benin Leaders when in 2015, they conspired with Adams Oshiomhole in undermining the body. Unfortunately for Ameghor and Odubu, they are now being persecuted by the same Adams Oshiomhole with their having nobody to run to for requisite rescue; hoping they will learn the lesson of unity in strength.
Therefore Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is given two weeks to mend fences with the requisite Edo South stakeholders. We also therefore call on the so called APC Chairman in Edo State, Barr. Anselm Ojezua to quickly retract his insulting and uncomplimentary statements on the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and the entire people of Edo south. Gentlemen of the press, we want to thank you for your time and urge you to give it the best publicity you have been known for as the watchdog of our nascent democracy.
Thank you all and God bless you all
Efosa Aguebor President (BCG) Benin Consultative Group