Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, has stoutly denied the allegation that he plotted to eliminate his boss, Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Some national newspapers had reported on Sunday that Oshiomhole had accused his Deputy of planning with some native doctors to kill him through witchcraft.
The story had alleged Odubu was vexed that Oshiomhole was not supporting his governorship aspiration on the platform of All Progressives Congress despite his unalloyed loyalty over the years.
But denying the reports on Monday, Odubu who debunked the allegation in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kelly Odaro, described the allegation as part of the campaign of calumny to smear the good working relationship he had enjoyed with his boss in the past.
He said the allegation was being fuelled by mischief makers and blackmailers who are bent on destroying his cordial relationship with his boss, even as he alarm over alleged plots by some persons to circular fliers round Benin City with a view to further destroy his image and fuel the crisis between him and the Comrade Governor.
“As a practicing Catholic, Dr. Odubu will not do anything that is unbecoming of a true Christian in the name of politics. God knows that he has never had any pact with any witch/native doctor to kill anyone or avenge for him and he will never condescend to that extent as long as God lives. It is against his faith.
“The Bible teaches that even when the innocent suffers and mischief makers and traducers appear to triumph, by their chief blackmail, it is for God alone to avenge.
“The Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Pius Egberanmwen Odubu will, by the special Grace of God, continue to disappoint the dubious expectations of those who are bent on driving a wedge between him and the Comrade Governor. It is his nature and character to be loyal to those who God has set over him because they are His instruments.
“At times like this, blackmailers are at their best but the Deputy Governor has decided to take solace in God who knows the hearts of men, trusting and believing as always that God will vindicate the just. He wishes to reiterate that he has no rift with the Comrade Governor who he revers and deeply appreciates,” the statement said.