The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has denied being a godfather amidst the political storm rocking his party in his home state of Edo. This follows an allegation by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu that Oshiomhole won elections through the use of thugs and violence and was on a desperate mission to lord it over the Edo State politics.
Gov. Obaseki had added that Mr Oshiomhole was angry because he never allowed him to actualise his ‘godfatherism’ agenda in the state.
However, Oshiomhole who is a former governor of that the state said he was embarrassed by such tags of being a godfather.
He added that he only tried to reconcile the Governor with his party men who ‘accused’ the latter of treating them unfairly despite their role in his emergence as governor of the state.
Oshiomhole in a television interview on Friday, said he is ’embarrassed’ that both the governor and some members of the party in the state could describe him in such a manner.
“My own embarrassment is when they say, Oshiomhole wants to be like a godfather,” he said.
“If I wanted to be, then I will be nominating commissioners. I only persuaded him (Obaseki) to accept one commissioner from me; only one and I gave my reasons- because he was a founding member of my campaign organisation in 2006, Mika. Other than Mika, I did not nominate any Commissioner, I did not nominate any Special Adviser, Special Assistant because for me these are governance issues. So where is the godfather role coming from?”
Bittertruth Media recalls that there is a serious political insinuation that Oshiomhole is supporting his rival and former governorship candidate of the PDP who recently defected to the APC to take over from Gov. Obaseki.