Oshiomhole lacks character, afraid of educated people – Obaseki

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Embattled Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has described the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as someone who lacks character and afraid of educated people.

Obaseki who disclosed this while on his way out of the Presidential Villa also debunked the allegation by the APC details of his credentials were inconsistent, explaining he misplaced their original copies prior to the last governorship election and had deposed to an affidavit for the purpose. He, however, disclosed he had found the misplaced original copies, which he said were in his possession.

He accused the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of using the party machinery to intimidate those he considered educated and had more substance, adding his disqualification from contesting the Governor’s office on the party’s platform was driven by fear.

According to him, “Someone who hasn’t gone to school, who doesn’t have certificate himself, will not know and understand what inconsistencies in certificates are, that’s the starting point”.

Asked what he thought his chances would be on a platform other than the APC, he said: “I’m sure if you’ve scanned the environment, you’ve scanned the media, you’ve scanned social media, the reaction from people across the world, particularly Edos at home and in the Diaspora, has for me has been unbelievable. They’ve said to me, ‘wherever you go, we go”.

“He has not provided a level playing ground even in the selection process, the disqualification process: what is the basis for disqualifying someone like Chris Ogiemwonyi?

“You are afraid of people who are educated because you didn’t go to school. You are afraid of people who have something to offer because all he knows how to offer is brigandage, crisis. So for us, Nigeria has to move forward beyond some of the characters who are currently overseeing our political polity and they are scared.

“They are scared that when people of substance, when people who are proven, when people who have succeeded in other aspects of life come into politics, they will be history.

“For me, this fight is not about grabbing political power, it’s not about me, it’s not about trying to prove a sense of importance, no. It’s for us, 21 years into this Republic, democracy must mature, but as democracy is maturing, we now need to begin to show that politics cannot and should not be the preserve of a certain character of people.

“People of accomplishment, people of knowledge, people of character must also be accommodated in the political space. You don’t have to be a ruffian to be a politician, you don’t have to be a brigand to be a politician, you don’t have to be a thief to be a politician,” he said.