Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said he does not owe politicians who decamped from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to a rival party any apology and would not share the resources meant for developing the state with them.
Oshiomole made the statement, on Monday, during the presentation of staff of office to the
, a newly installed monarch. He urged monarch to educate his people and support only politicians who stand for the interest of the larger family, rather than personal interest or the interest of their immediate family.
Oshiomole said he was not asking the royal father “to carry party cards,” but to educate “your Chiefs to educate our people.”
He said: “I want it to be said that when I left office, our people started distinguishing thieves from real politicians. Our people must learn to begin to interrogate all manners of political miscreants who come wanting to cash in on the poverty of our people. I always say that to be poor is not to be crazy, so we must be clear.
“So those who decamp because I do not put money in their pockets, let them continue to decamp; no apology and everybody will be remembered when they write the history of politics in Afemai land. Those who called for Afemai Agenda believing that when an Afemai man becomes the governor, he will carry state money and share to them; and once they do not get it, they abandon Afemai Agenda and now they have turned only to the agenda of their stomach infrastructure”.
He admonished other royal fathers in the state to guide the young ones, stating that politicians would always govern them whether they liked it or not. He urged them to ‘carefully select politicians on the basis of those who understand that state power is not for the private comfort of those around the state operators’.
The governor also assured he would neither entertain any fictitious petitions sponsored against the royal fathers nor interfere with their duties.
HRH, Etokhana thanked Governor Oshiomole for his presence at the coronation ceremony. He added that his installation would complement the governor’s laudable efforts at bringing peace and development to the people of Avhianwu and Edo State in general.
“As paramount head of Avhianwu town, it is my duty to act as a pathfinder, a rally point and coordinator general of all our individual efforts aimed at bringing peace and development to the land,” the monarch said.