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Afemai group flays alleged attack on Benin monarch, Oshiomhole

THE Afemai Truth and Progressives Alliance, a socio-cultural organization in Edo state has condemned what it described as an attempt to tarnish the names of Oba Ewuare 11, Oba of Benin and that of the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by some persons it described as “failed politicians and enemies of Edo state.”

While expressing worries over what it described as persistent attack on the former governor who according to it, laid the solid foundation for economic and infrastructural growth in the state during his tenure, ¨these same enemies of progress are now misinterpreting the current trip by our father, the Oba of Benin to Abuja, saying that he went to speak to the President on behalf of Comrade Oshiomhole so he can be given appointment. What sort of desperation is this?

The statement signed by Dr. Martins Imologhome, the group´s Director of Information, said these ¨evil people have misconstrued the silence of the majority of Edo people for acquiesce and gone further to cross the borderline of decency, respect and deference to our revered traditional institutions through statements intended to malign and debase our venerated kings, specifically HRM Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, and HRH, Ikelebe III, Otaru of Auchi.

¨This press statement is a direct reaction to a maliciously conceived post circulating on social media since yesterday credited to a fictitious names who we believe, is one of the reprobates unleashed on Edo media space in recent months by some self serving political opportunists who can only thrive by playing up ethnic sentiments.

¨In the aforementioned social media post, some obviously false but inherently damaging allegations were made which we feel, as concerned agents of truth, denigrate the status of our respected kings, especially the Oba of Benin, than in any way crimple the long established, iron cast image of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. ¨How can a true Edo man, because of politics, trivialize the historic visit of Oba Ewuare II to Aso Rock Villa for a personal audience with President Buhari, by insinuating that the king is on an errand mission on behalf of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?

How can a true Edo man invite curses upon his head by alleging that the send forth luncheon organized and funded personally by the Oba of Benin to honor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for his widely acknowledged performance as governor, was bankrolled by Oshiomhole to the tune of 200 million Naira secretly channeled to the great king? ¨How can a true Edo man claim that the Oba of Benin “may be downgrading his revered stool before the President”?

How can a true Edo man allege that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole sent the Otaru of Auchi on an errand to Aso Rock Villa and he refused to go but the Oba of Benin accepted to go on the same errand because “he is his friend and beneficiary”?

¨As governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was averse to ethnic politics or considerations. He developed the entire state and accorded all peoples of the state, especially the royal fathers their deserved respect and patronage. This is why he is honored by kings and loved by ordinary people. Anyone who is truly loyal to his king should respect the king’s judgment of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s performance as governor.

¨But it’s now obvious that some insecure politicians from Edo State cannot come to terms with the fact that even out of office as governor; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole still commands unprecedented respect, goodwill and cordiality with the royal fathers and people of Edo state. They are therefore uneasy about their own relevance and have taken a defeatist course of instigating incredulous pseudo ethnic inclined rumors about Comrade Oshiomhole. Unfortunately, they have also thrown caution to the wind and have started attacking anyone, including our royal fathers who reckon with Comrade Oshiomhole on the basis of his love for and development of Edo State.

¨Those who believe that their false posts and sponsored articles can ignite animosity between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Oba Ewuare II on the one hand, or between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki on the other should be advised upfront to save themselves the stress. Inasmuch as the cooperation existing between the trio of Oba Ewuare II, Governor Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is for the good of Edo State, no force, no matter the level of blackmail, number of paid writers and caliber of sponsors willing to fund media attacks, can stop them from taking Edo state to greater heights.

¨The same people who attacked Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for supporting Godwin Obaseki’s candidacy are the same people now battling to create disaffection between the two men because they are embarrassed by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s sterling performance so far, a clear testimony that Comrade Oshiomhole was right all along which they are ashamed to acknowledge¨ it stated. [Vanguard]

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