The immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has been relatively quiet since he concluded his tenure as governor.
On Saturday he roared back to life with his fire-breathing soundbites when he received several defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo based on his role as the APC leader in the state.
The defectors were led by a former governorship aspirant of the PDP, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, and the member representing Egor/Ikpoba Okhai Federal Constituency of the state in the House of Representatives, Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma.
Below are five quotes from the former governor’s speech:
The APC is life and PDP is death which cannot resurrect:
¨APC represents the forces of life. The Bible said he or she who dies in sin will never resurrect. I said it before, PDP died in sin and it cannot resurrect. That is why when I read sponsored write ups, I say that, even in our confusion, our imperfection, our moment of deep reflection, there can be no argument that there is no bringing back the armed robbers of yesteryears. No man or woman will allow thieves come to his house. PDP cannot come back in 2019. Nigerians are not fools; they will not be swayed by hired writers.“
Pres. Buhari saved Nigeria:
“If not for our President today, there would have been no Nigeria. The money voted for the police, they put it in their pockets. The money earmarked to fight Boko Haram, they put in their pockets. The money voted for security, they used to secure their pockets. All of a sudden, if you produced two barrels of crude, one barrel was missing. I want to assure you, we are building a party that is founded on the principle of social democracy.”
Kudos to Gov. Obaseki:
“I want to assure you that with what the governor is doing in Edo, sustaining the tradition of infrastructural development, to attract investors to the state, we are on the right path. Governor Godwin Obaseki has been flying from one place to another looking for investors. At this time, governors are lamenting but in Edo it is not a story of lamentation; it is about what we have been doing. Obaseki has been working hard and we are proud of him.”
Yes, we will ‘chop’ anti-corruption:
“We heard some people saying whether it is anti-corruption we will chop? Yes that is what we will chop. Our President is trying, PDP destroyed Nigeria below the ground level; change cannot be overnight. I have faith in my country. I have faith in Mr President. I agree that we may not have all the solution yet, but I can see we are on the correct path. We must stop the looters, we must prosecute them; we must jail them. When we do that, then every effort that government is making can succeed. You can no longer hear that millions of barrels of crude are stolen; the situation is like this because we have a Commander-in- Chief who is not a thief. And we must remember when we had a Commander-in-Chief who was stealing, even the elephant head was stolen but they pretended not to know. I heard that now we have over 40 billion in foreign reserves because Buhari insisted we should stop importing what we can produce, and that is the way to go. But remember that before these policies will yield fruit, we will suffer the pains a little.”
No to divisive politics:
“As we approach 2019, don’t allow them to bring religion. In Edo State, Christians and Muslims live together. All those who want to elevate religion as a dividing wall, we say no; we will stand for one Nigeria.”