Group dismisses corruption allegation against Oshiomhole
An Abuja-based group, Nigeria Integration Coalition (NIC), yesterday, described as mischievous, publications in various media about alleged corrupt practices by former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, while in office.
In a statement to journalists in Benin City by its national President and Publicity Secretary, Elder Wesley Olowojaiye and Osagie Omoregie, the group said the allegations were the handiwork of those who lost out in the scrabble for political power and influence in the state, accusing them of making it a pastime these days to “denigrate Adams Oshiomhole by engaging in character assassination, odious insults, throwing of political innuendos and brickbats against him in the press, especially on social media.
“This is coming at a time Oshiomhole’s ascension as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has become a historical imperative and no amount of blackmail can stop the inevitable enthronement of Oshiomhole and success in the chairmanship race.”
The group condemned “the embarrassing move by the self-styled anti-corruption crusader, whose only motive is to attempt to stop Oshiomhole’s aspiration,” adding that the former labour leader’s emergence as governor of Edo in 2008 ushered in unprecedented infrastructural and human capacity development of the state, as he worked tirelessly and selflessly to restore the Edo State master plan, which is evident today in the numerous projects he embarked upon and delivered while in the saddle.
“These allegations, which are not new, were bandied around in the press while Oshiomhole was governor and were thoroughly investigated by the EFCC after he left office and were found to be frivolous.”
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