Adams Oshiomhole, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has come under fire from the Labour Party for saying that Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate, failed to address insecurity while serving as the governor of Anambra State.
Oshiomhole said that Willie Obiano, the successor to Obi in Anambra, destroyed the homes of kidnappers and Bakassi boys while in power during the APC’s youth summit at the International Conference Center in Abuja.
He claimed that although Peter Obi was in charge when the Bakassi Boys were formed, he was powerless to stop them.
Oshiomhole questioned how Obi would address the country’s problems given that he was unable to ensure the security of his state while serving as governor.
In response, Arabambi Abayomi, the national publicity secretary of the Labour Party, said Oshiomhole should be ashamed of himself for trying to use insecurity to evaluate Peter Obi’s performance in an interview with Newsmen on Sunday.
He said, “I’m aware that Oshimohole was governor of Edo State, for two terms. He was part of those who connived to foist this reckless government of propagandists on Nigerians using deceit and scare-mongering in 2015.
“We are aware that when Peter Obi, our candidate was governor of Anambra, IPOB was not ordering people to sit at home.
“It is curious that a government which Comrade Adams Oshimohole is part and parcel of can even attempt to use security as a yardstick to talk about any other government before it.
“Is it not under this government that the Kuje Prison was attacked by bandits without a shot fired by security forces?
“ Is it not under this same Buhari-led APC government that bandits attacked the convoy of the sitting President and killed close to 30 security personnel? “
The LP spokesperson further said, “These same bandits threatened to kidnap the president and the government is now at the mercy of a rag-tag army of bandits and terrorists instead of tackling this menace, the government is busy chasing innocent Nigerians and threatening them for showing discontent with the woeful failure of this ill-prepared administration.
“ If one may ask, where did comrade Oshimohole get the N100 million he used to pay for the APC Presidential form he picked?
“We know for a fact he didn’t have this money before he ruled Edo for 8 years. He wasn’t flying business class when he was in the NLC.
“Now that he and his friends in government have helped themselves they are scared that the house they built on quicksand will crumble.”
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