Fight To Finish! Obaseki Fires At Oshiomhole, Reveals ‘Fraud’ With Specialist Hospital Contract
The heat is on as we approach September 17, 2020. This is just the start, expect things to get messier between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his former mentor and benefactor, Adams Oshiomhole. Just yesterday, three commissioners of the EDOSOGPADEC had resigned their appointments and immediately pledged alliance to Governor Obaseki‘s main challenger, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, POI.
Soon after, all three men paid a visit to the APC Edo gubernatorial candidate. At that meeting, one of them threatened to expose the fraud which Obaseki was perpetrating with the so called ‘Esan Agenda’. However, it didn't end there, Prince Emmanuel Odigie, one of the three defectors promised more revelations in the coming weeks.
This prompted POI to salute their courage. In his words, Ize-Iyamu said: "I thank Prince Odigie for the revelations he has made today, especially on the deceitful ‘Esan Agenda’....". Thereafter, POI reportedly promised to work with the former commissioners as they, on their part, vowed to reveal more facts about the fraudulent ways of the incumbent governor (quoting The Nation Newspapers).
It appears Governor Obaseki‘s camp was agitated by the events of yesterday, especially with allegations of a fraudulent, so called ‘Esan Agenga’, which the Governor might believe is the opposition‘s strategy to tip the scales in their favor. And so, today, the governor, through his Special Adviser on Media and Comminication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, attacked the leader of the opposition camp, Adams Oshiomhole with allegations of fraud.
Crusoe Osagie made very damning allegations against Oshiomhole, particularly as regards the controversial Edo Specialist Hospital Project. The first major allegation was that Adams Oshiomhole as Governor, awarded a contract within the Specialist Hospital to an associate who failed to execute the contract.
The second allegation, which could be even more damning, is that most of the equipments which the Oshiomhole administration displayed while the project was being commissioned by President Buhari were actually rented from a company in Lagos. And to apparently back up that allegation, Crusoe Osagie went ahead to allege that heavily ‘guarded trucks’ came in the dead of the night, a day after President Buhari had commissioned the project, and removed the equipments.
As damning as these allegations are, it's not the first time that the Obaseki administration has alluded to the Specialist Hospital conundrum. However, the interesting part is that Adams Oshiomhole, known as someone who rarely allows attacks against his person to go without reply, has remained mute all the while that the allegations have been in the public space?
In the early days after Obaseki initially made the allegations, many may have thought that Obaseki‘s allegations are just mere political propaganda. But the fact that Oshiomhole hasn't found the allegation worthy of a clarification should make us all wonder. Moreover, Godwin Obaseki wasn't an outsider as regards the Adams Oshiomhole administration. Actually, he served as Chief of Staff to the former governor, so he knows the intimate details, more than most, about how the Oshiomhole administration functioned.
Another question Crusoe Osagie raised to Oshiomhole was, ‘why was Edo Specialist Hospital placed under lock and key, despite being already commissioned by Mr President?’ Hmmm.
Furthermore, expect more accusations and counter-accusations over the coming weeks because, the three major characters in the Edo drama all have major allegations hanging over them. For Godwin Obaseki, his opponents claim he has underperformed as Governor, and that he bought the PDP nomination with billions of naira.
Therefore, you can expect theories and conspiracy theories on how Obaseki was able to raise such humongous amount, by ‘fleecing the Edo state treasury dry’. For Pastor Ize-Iyamu, trust the PDP to take a cue from Oshiomhole when he threatened, and actually delivered on that threat, to use the PDP court case of forgery against Godwin Obaseki.
Consequently, the PDP will most likely refer to what Adams Oshiomhole said of POI back in 2016, in most of their campaign stops. Besides this, do remember that POI is already in court over an alleged N700m fraud, a court case still hanging precariously over him. And now, Godwin Obaseki has revealed more details about allegations concerning the controversial Edo Specialist Hospital, as relates to Oshiomhole.
All three men cannot all be saints at the same time, so, can there be a true hero in the Edo Government House come next year?
Edo voters beware (Caveat Emptor)!
Source: Opera News