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LEAGUE OF BENIN PROFESSIONALS.
12th December 2017.
We are an independent, socio-cultural, non-governmental organization of articulate and concerned ordinary Benin people.
We have it on good authority that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, past governor of Edo State is plotting hard to have Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health (State) removed from office and replaced by himself as the Minister from Edo State.
This scheming of Adams Oshiomhole is also coming on the heels of his recent unsuccessful bid to oust Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, first elected Executive Governor of Edo State, as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Indeed, it was stridently canvassed by friends of Oshiomhole by words of mouth; in political meetings, publications in the print media and copiously ranted in the social media platforms that Oshiomhole is the proper person to replace and unjustifiably usurp the office of National Chairman of APC occupied by Chief Odigie-Oyegun. Expectedly, Adams Oshiomhole did not at the heat of the campaign against Chief Odigie-Oyegun or at any point prior to the failure of the plot, foreswear interest in the National Chairmanship of APC or deny the sponsorship of the campaigners. It was significant that, for that matter, he did not at any time call his friends and errand boys to order.
It was thus doubtless that the emissaries of Oshiomhole they were. Hence, they were encouraged to do mischief. Well-briefed foot soldiers, although operating sometimes, in the open and at others, by deception, they pursued their commission with passion. However, upon the failure to defenestrate Chief Odigie-Oyegun, the media aide to Oshiomhole issued a tepid statement that Oshiomhole had no hands in the failed scheme.
Yet, we are aware of the penchant of Oshiomhole to hew others down in order to climb on the carcasses of erstwhile friends and associates to attain a desired goal. But his current intrigues aimed at bringing down Dr Ehanire will not be an easy walk over. He should be assured that we shall match his guiles and subterfuges with equal fervour; we will organize with unmatchable ardour to counter every move, subtle campaign or even open canvassing, which Oshiomhole may hope to mount to take out Dr Ehanire from the office of Minister from Edo State.
Many Benin people may have been quiescent all this while, despite the scarcely veiled policies and actions of Oshiomhole directed to hobble the Benins. As for us, as individuals and organization, we shall resist any further attempt to humiliate the Benin people.
We want to place on record that as Governor of Edo State, Oshiomhole took far reaching decisions against the interests of the ordinary Benin people. For example, Governor Oshiomhole made sure that the Edo State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery located in Benin City were disaccredited through non-funding of their programmes and clearly refused to equip the institutions. No sooner had the Schools been disaccredited and closed down than he established similar schools in his village. Indeed, while Edo State government currently has no operational School of Nursing or School of Midwifery, and even the School of Health Technology had also met an awful fate, a new School of Nursing is thriving in Oshiomhole’s village.
Under the superintendence of Adams Oshiomhole as Visitor and puppeteer, a Department of Nursing was established in the new Edo State University Iyamho, located in his village, opposite his personal house. In other words, the closure of the Edo State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Benin City as it has turned out was in fact, a deliberate, calculated plan to pave way to relocate the institutions from Benin land to his Iyamho village.
Therefore, it is important to bring to the notice of the Nigerian public that the present moves by Oshiomhole to usurp the office of Minister from Edo State currently held by a Benin man are not new or isolated events but characteristic of the Oshiomhole persona. It follows that if the plot against Dr Ehanire is successful, it would clearly represent the continuation of Oshiomhole’s gratuitous assault and penchant to humiliate our people.
As an organization of articulate and concerned Benin people, we shall resist the untoward designs against Dr Ehanire. We are convinced that the ordinary Benin people should no longer accept further humiliations from Adams Oshiomhole.
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