After entering Edo State on Saturday night from Abuja, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) has began a test of his popularity following his fallout with Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy Philip Shaibu by apologizing to Edo people for bringing the governor even when many advised him against it, admitting that as a human being, he made a mistake.
Oshiomhole while addressing a crowd of loyalists at his country residence at Iyamho, near Auchi in Etsako West Local Government Area said he was determined to return Edo State to the path of sustainable development since Obaseki has pitched tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he described as a family of snakes.
Also, addressing party faithful and supporters at a rally on Sunday, Oshiomhole said the campaign would be easy because there are visible projects the APC would use to campaign, unlike the incumbent who has been busy signing MOUs, urging the people to judge the present government with what they see and not what they hear.
Oshiomhole said although Obaseki, used every obnoxious means, including destruction of properties and unwarranted arrest of members, to destroy the APC in the state, the party remains stronger and better and ready for the governorship election.
He said the party is battle ready to reclaim the state in the September 19 governorship election in the state noting that those that were bent on destroying the Edo State chapter of the party, have been smoked out.
According to him, “I told those who were being persecuted to take it easy, that they shouldn’t burn the house we all laboured to build because they want to smoke out the snake. But now, the snake has been smoked out of the house.
“Few weeks earlier, the snake said APC was his house and that he was not leaving, but less than 72 hours after saying this, he left. If we had burnt the house because the snake was giving us problem, we will all have been homeless by now”, he said.
“I have come home for only one project; I am not going back to Abuja until the project is completed. I came back home not to rest, but to work. We are political lions; we must commit ourselves to returning Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to Osadebe Avenue.
“I have made a mistake by supporting a man who has no vision for my people. So, I want to correct my mistakes by making sure a servant of God, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is elected as governor and kick the snake out of the government house.
“The man (Ize-Iyamu) that is coming is not a stranger. He campaigned for me in 2012 and I won all the 18 local government areas of Edo State. He knows the roots unlike the current governor who just became governor and does not know the efforts people made to make him governor. We will kick out this MoU governor and replace him with a pastor who will sweep out the Coronavirus party by the grace of God”, the former APC National chairman stated.
“There has been no tangible development since we left government, all they have to show for almost four years are MOUs and earmarked projects while we had eyemark projects.
“This was how they brought the respected Vice President to Benin to ground breaking for an industrial park that we will never see. Same also goes to that of Gelegele Port”, he said.