by Stanley Azuakola
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised an allegation of hypocrisy against the executive governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said that even though the governor now finds it fashionable to abuse the PDP at every chance he gets, there was a time in 2007 when he came and begged to be a member of the party. They urged the governor to confess to Nigerians on that matter.
Metuh said that the reason Oshiomhole’s pleas were rejected was because the party believed that making him their candidate in 2007 would upset the party’s zoning arrangement.
“The same PDP, which Oshiomhole went on all fours, begging to join has suddenly become the ‘party of rogues’ because of his desperation to justify the massive rigging and democratic aberration that was called local government elections in Edo State.
“In 2007, Oshiomhole begged to be given an opportunity under the umbrella, but we considered his governorship aspiration an assault on the existing zoning formula in the state and quietly turned him down. Again, in 2012, he once more came, cap in hand, and our great party again rejected him. Is Oshiomhole just realising how bad our party is, when he was all the while begging for membership?”
The allegation against the Edo governor is a new one and raises question on why the PDP had never raised this issue in the past, at least to gain some political points.
Nigerians would also be concerned with the ease at which politicians and political parties support talks of zoning when it suits them.
The Edo governor has denied the allegations by Metuh, describing it as laughable and dishonest.
The governor’s special adviser on Media, Kassim Afegbua, who responded on his behalf, urged Metuh to hide his head in shame for spreading blatant lies.
“It is only a party of rogues that can truly possess such dis-ingenuous traits to rake deliberate mud at their opponents to score cheap points. But thank God the people have become wiser and can read in-between the lines those who speak the truth and those who are gifted as liars.”