Former Executive Director on Media and Publicity to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Prince John Mayaki has denied reports that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is under house arrest.
This claim has been making the rounds on the internet as part of the ongoing crisis surrounding the rally organized to mark the return of Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu to the APC from the PDP.
“Reeling from the public humiliation suffered over the clear abuse of power and instigation of violence in the state today, the Edo State government is trying to save face by spreading the false and fictitious reports that the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is under house arrest,” Prince John Mayaki said in a statement released to reporters this evening.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. The National Chairman has committed no crime or wrongdoing and thus cannot be denied his freedom.”
“Members of the public are urged to disregard this false report concocted by the satanic government of Obaseki after it was unsuccessful in its attempt to block the peaceful rally held to herald the homecoming of Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu to the APC,” he said.
Meanwhile, Adams Oshiomhole himself reacted, denied being placed under house arrest by the police to prevent him from attending the reception for the Edo state governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 election.
He said “They already plated a story from Government House, saying I was under house arrest. You can see other ways they want to make me look like the proverbial he-goat who is sacrificed if a child is seeking to make him healthy and also used for celebration.”
Oshiomhole who spoke with journalists at his Benin residence gave reasons for staying away from the rally, saying that as national chairman he had to pay the price by keeping away from the rally which eventually held at Ize-Iyamu’s residence so as to deny the Inspector General of Police and the Edo Police Command any excuse to go and kill people and blame it on him.
He said: “As national chairman, I have to pay the prize by abstaining from going there so that I deny the IG and the Edo Police any excuse to go and kill people and blame it on me.”
He deployed the Inspector General of Police, Mr Muhammed Adamu and the Edo State Police Command for fueling the tension which gripped the state the run-up to the rally, adding that he wrote a letter to the inspector general, notifying him of his intention to attend the rally only for him to withdraw the permit that very day under curious circumstances.
Flanked by Ize-Iyamu and other party bigwigs, Oshiomhole said: “I am embarrassed as the national chairman that the IGP will write me a letter, informing me on the strength of my application, which I informed him of our intention to do a rally. We informed the police not for the license so that they can justify their salary by coming to maintain peace.
“It is not for them to grant permission. I thought as National Chairman, I should be formal. I delivered the letter which I signed myself and was hand-delivered. The IG said that he directed the Edo police to provide security. What I do not understand is how the same police could be alleged to send a letter to deputy governor Shaibu that the rally will not hold. The state chapter invited me to attend the rally. I do not understand how the police IG will write to me in the morning that I hold a rally and write to another person without getting back to me to say that the rally will not hold. It is something I need to find out when I get back to Abuja.” he said.
Presidency Replies Ebere Ihedioha For Saying She Is Solidly Behind Her Husband
The special aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie has sent a reply to Ebere Ihedioha, wife of erstwhile Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, after she said she’s strongly behind him following his removal as Imo Governor by the Supreme Court.
Recall that Ihedioha was sacked from office following a judgement of the apex court on Tuesday which reinstated Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the State.
Reacting to Supreme Court’s ruling, the former first lady, Ebere Ihedioha had written on micro-blogging site, Twitter:
“My Love, my Partner and my Friend . Nkem ! # IGotYourBack ”
In an apparent reply to Ebere’s message to her husband, Lauretta Thursday morning tweeted:
“When men play dirty games, its their women who pick up the pieces.
Ebere Ihedioha, wife of Emeka Ihedioha, Former Governor of Imo state, is in that situation now and doing just that.
Ihedioha: PDP To Protest Supreme Court’s Verdict On Imo
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Friday proposed that PDP National Executive Committee members embark on a protest against the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked the PDP Imo State governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.
Speaking during its ongoing emergency NEC meeting in Abuja, Secondus said the proposed protest was to impress it on Nigerians that injustice had been done to the party.
He stated that the mandate given to the party by the Imo electorate had been snatched from the party.
According to him, the declaration of the Imo State candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Hope Uzodinma, as the Imo State Governor is a miscarriage of Justice.
He said though the ultimate justice would come from God Almighty, the aggrieved PDP leaders must speak out against injustice as their silence would be taken for consent to the alleged injustice.
Furthermore, the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, said he dressed as a warrior in Igbo attire to depict that Nigeria is at ‘war.’
According to him, the alleged injustice in Imo was not only done to the PDP but to all Nigerians.
He stated that the party had not recovered from the alleged injustice.
He said, “Nigeria is getting to an end if we continue this way.”
Also, the 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the PDP and the G34 fought and brought democracy to Nigeria.
He said, “Our party governed very well from 1999 to 2015. As true democrats, we handed over party to the ruling party, hoping that it will deepen democracy, alas we have been disappointed.”
Atiku called for the constitution of a committee to review what happened at the last election and make necessary recommendations.
He said the roles of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies should not be taken for granted.
According to him, taking them for granted would be the end of the struggles of the founding fathers of the party.
“It is our duty to reincarnate the struggles they made that brought the democracy that APC is enjoying,” Atiku submitted.
I Remain Anambra South Senator — Ifeanyi Ubah
Ifeanyi Ubah says he has not been sacked as the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district.
Ubah, in a telephone interview with Punch correspondent in Abuja, on Friday, said the FCT Court only refused to vacate its earlier ruling, which had since been faulted on the grounds of jurisdiction.
He explained that Justice Bello Kawu ruled on an application to vacate an earlier judgement of the court on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and asked the parties to proceed to the Appeal Court.
He said, “The reports of my sacking from the Senate is not correct. I remain the substantive Senator representing Anambra South.”