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Edo 2024: Oshiomhole and His Difficulty to Control Tongue — By Jane Uyi Orobosa

 

Pint-size but with an over bloated ego of himself, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Edo State and the senator representing Edo North, has often come miserably short when moderation is the subject. His Achilles tendon is his inability to control his tongue. And that’s understandable. A man with the gift of the gab cannot but always see himself as superhuman. Or so he thinks of himself.

Those afflicted with the illness of the gift of the gab, most often than not assume that whatever they say can’t be challenged or queried but accepted as the gospel truth by every other mortal. No, sir, you are wrong. On Friday, he led the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, Senator Monday Okpebholo and his running mate, Hon Dennis Idahosa, with the Minister of Niger Delta, Abubakar Momoh to see President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Aso Rock.

While he conveniently hid his obviously competence challenged “slowed engine” candidate from speaking to the media, he chose to address the press himself along with Momoh. Of course everybody understands why Okpebholo must not be allowed to speak to the media. He neither knows what to say or how to say it. That’s the type of ‘black market good’ Oshiomhole is hawking and trying to persuade Edo people to buy. In the course of his addressing the media, and as usual for a man who covets publicity as if his life depends on it, said so many things. When he finally managed to yield the stage, he still came back to add ‘something’ he forgot.

As to be expected, he criticised the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki. He also said one or two things to say about the high flying candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Asue Ighodalo. If there was anyone that should never ever talk about human feelings or empathy, it should be Oshiomhole. He should never be in the book, he should never even be in the shadow of it let alone being mentioned in the equation. How can a man who, when he was governor was completely bereft of human feeling and hadn’t a single ounce of compassion or pity for a widow and made a disgusting public disgrace of her, be the one talking about human feelings? This is the kind of incurable hypocrisy associated with ‘star men’ in a third world country like Nigeria.

The woman in a video that went viral then begged him crying and pleading that her wares be not confiscated because she was a widow. “I’m a widow” , the woman cried. Oshiomhole shouted back, “You’re a widow, go and die”.

Yet, the same person wants to coach Edo people on what is called compassion. No, sir, you’re not qualified. The two people he talked down in Abuja on Friday were among the people he praised to high heaven only 8 months ago in November 2023 during an Alaghodaro Summit in Benin City. That’s hypocrisy and Adams Oshiomhole is well known for it.

Orobosa writes from Benin City.

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