The witchvraft war between Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole and his Deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu has attracted the attention of the opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Party said throigh its state Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, that the allegation by Oshiomhole, that his Deputy engaged the services of native doctors to kill him was a lie and cheap blackmail.
The state PDP chairman described the behaviours of both of them, who are Catholic, as unbecoming of a Catholic faithful.
He therefore called on Catholic clergies, especially the Benin Archbishop, Most Reverend Akubeze, to stop the duo from bringing further dishonour to the Church and governance.
Orbih who expressed displeasure over the outburst, called on the Archbishop of the Benin Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Obiora Akubeze, to call the duo to order.
He said allegation by Governor Oshiomhole that his Deputy wanted to kill him through witchcraft amounted to blackmail, describing it as a lie to defend the lack of coordination between the person of Governor and his Deputy.
Orbih asked why Governor Oshiomhole reasoned that his Deputy wanted him dead at the twilight of his administration when the Deputy would have benefited more if this was done at the beginning of their administration.
According to him, it was a common knowledge that the governorship ticket of the APC in the state after Adams Oshiomhole’s administration was a poisoned chalice.
He regretted that the Governor and his Deputy have reduced governance to fetish issues, asking the duo to exorcise themselves of their fetish tendencies and face the challenge of providing leadership and good governance to Edo people during their remaining term in office.
This as even the state Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Washington Osifo, denied the allegation that Oshiomhole directed him to write a petition against the Deputy Governor to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Deputy Governor was said to have during a peace meeting said the Governor allegedly masterminded a petition against him with a view to impeaching him.
Governor Oshiomhole also at the meeting, was said to have alleged that his Deputy hired the services of native doctors to kill him, a claim Odubu denied.
Osifo, while addressing journalists in Benin, described the allegation as a calculated attempt to smear his reputation.
“Sometime in March I heard that the Deputy Governor accused me of writing a petition against him, I asked him but he said he never believed that. But I was shocked to hear that during a peace meeting recently the deputy Governor reiterated that allegation.
“And I read his denial as regards using native doctors to kill the Comrade Governor but the issue of EFCC where I was accused was not denied. I am embarrassed and traumatised by the statement credited to the Deputy Governor against my person because it never happened.
“The most worrisome part in this matter is the fact that it also touches on the character of the Comrade Governor as it is a falsehood that he directed Hon Henry Idahagbon and myself to write the petition against the Deputy Governor”, Osifo said.
Meanwhile, as the September 10 governorship election in Edo state hots up, the state Odubu has advised his opponents in the race to tell the people what they have to offer rather than casting aspersions on others aspirants, adding that he is the best person for the job.
Odubu, who this this on Wednesday at the formal declaration of his intention to contest in the governorship race, was responding to fliers recently distributed in the state in which it was said that he (Odubu), does not deserve to be voted Governor because has been in government for about 16 years.
He said he was in the race for what he could give, unlike his opponents who are in for what they could get.
“Yes, I have been around the political arena for some a while, serving the people in different capacities viz the legislative and executive arms of government.
“I dare say that anybody that would say because of this, should not be voted for, belongs to the genre or class of politicians who believe in the politics of ‘chop-I-chop’. I am in politics to serve the people.
“While these people are interested in what they can get, I am interested in what I can give. Therein lies the difference. There is no better way to be prepared for governance than by practical experience garnered over the years. Neither a degree in government, nor a degree in political science can take the place of experience.
“I urge these faceless fellows to desist from their camping of calumny. In this contest, I have no enemies but opponents. I have advised my supporters to be temperate with their language and civil in their conduct.
“For me, nothing in this world is worth the blood of a fowl, not to talk of that of a human being. I leave these enemies of progress to the all knowing God,” he said.
The APC governorship aspirant promised to uphold the provision of the Constitution and Manifesto of his party, also pledged to build on the legacies of Governor Oshiomhole.
“The Oshiomhole administration has set the template for infrastructural development in Edo state. This will be continued and sustained.
“Given the high level to which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole taken Edo state, going forward, the state needs a governor that is in the game ready. One that will hit the ground running. I believe I am that person by the grace of God,” he said.
He also described his alleged attempt to kill Governor Adams Oshiomhole as “a wicked attempt by enemies of progress to drive a wedge between me and Mr. Governor. It is an old and tired lie concocted to tarnish my image in the eye of the public. It is politically motivated.”