By Erasmus Ikhide
IT has come to light that the boastful and divisive vanity of a Governor of Edo State who the chairman editorial board of the nation newspapers, Mr. Sam Omatseye chose to call a traitor is actually desperate and very much afraid of his political shadow, few months to the All Progressives Congress (APC) party primary election.
Less than 24 hours before the widely publicized APC mega rally in the state which promises to empty the People Democratic Party’s bigwigs and gadflies into the party, the governor who should be celebrating and dusting off the charges of sterility and political barrenness has begun to chuckle, at the same and suckling over his impending defeat, should Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu allowed to return to the APC.
The Governor, a few hours ago wrote belatedly, wickedly but specifically to the proprietor/proprietress of the Garic Memorial College, venue of the proposed tomorrow APC mega rally to abort forthwith whatever contract agreement the school management has with Pastor Ize-Iyamu to have its open field used for the event or have the institution “closed down indefinitely”!
The letter signed by the Commissioner for education, Barrister Jimoh Ijegbai dated 12/12/2019 is one of the most bizarre, barbaric and absolutely despotic outing of a self-parading enlightened government in recent past in a democracy.
A part of the latter read thus: Notice of Temporary Closure of School. “I am to add that on no account should the premises of the school be used for any political rally, gathering, event or other purposes of whatever nomenclature or in any guise.
The letter stated further, “May I state, for the avoidance of any doubt, that any attempt to disobey this directive will result in the school being closed down indefinitely”, the caveat stated. This certainly is not the best time to be an Edo indigene, a time political headhunters bestialy betride the space looking for whom to devour.
The present senereo playing out confirmed earlier allegation against the government that special thugs have been trained, equipped and directed to visit mayhem or kill opponents within the same APC party whose views or even political gathering deduct from the governor’s 4+4 leprous arms. Such persons, it was alleged would be rewarded with the sum of N2 million, each.
Only yesterday, a secret meeting was allegedly held, baring the last ditched efforts of the Governor to frustrate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s return to the APC at the home of Mr. Philip Shaibu, the incumbent deputy governor of the state. Similar meetings were said to have been held yesterday in Edo South and Central for the same purpose of muscling political opponents. Further search revealed that the secret meeting in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State was presided over by Hon. Ojo Asein, who is also a Special Adviser to the embattled governor.
The source who is shy of the print said, “Governor Godwin Obaseki has instructed all the 18 Local Government Chairmen to forcibly obstruct movement of car and buses that would be conveying People Democratic Party (PDP) defectors to (APC) tomorrow in Benin City”. This is recipe for bloodbath.
It was learned also that Hon. Ojo Asein further conveyed to the 6 Local Government Council Chairmen in Edo North and their followers that PDP members should not be allowed to decamp to APC across the 192 wards levels of the state.
Are you surprised that the governor earlier, through his media aide feign ignorance of the December 13th mega rally slated to readmit Pastor Ize-Iyamu back to the party, even when Ize-Iyamu shown the evidence of his correspondence, notifying the governor of the mega rally.
The burying of the head in the sand has been long in coming. Before then, the suspended former state chairman of party Mr. Aselm Ojeszu told press men two days ago that the party and the state governor are not aware of any mega rally in the state tomorrow, instructing APC members to attend the rally at their own peril.
The state secretary of the party, Mr. Lawrence Okah in a press statement raised the alarm same day, stating that the State Government under Godwin Obaseki has imported thugs from Kogi, Delta and Ekiti States to unleash mayhem at the Garic Memorial College, venue of the mega rally.
Obviously, Governor Obaseki is not acquitted with the forces at play. The Inspector-General of Police, through a letter to the APC national chairman, made available to press men expressed the readiness of the men of the Nigeria Police Force to provide adequate security at the venue of the proposed rally tomorrow.
Governor Obaseki is classical example of how not to be a poor student of history. He should have read the book titled The Art of War, written centuries ago by the Chinese General named, Sun Tzu on the strategy of warfare, prosecution and how they’re won and lost.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear a hundred battles. If you know yourself and not the enemy, for every victory you will suffer a defeat. If you know neither yourself nor the enemy, you are a fool and will meet defeat in every battle”, the General said.
I thought the governor is sufficiently educated enough to know that fastening the noose around the citizens’ neck is a sign of political impotence. He should take it as the gospel truth, if he’s not aware yet.
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