BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, on Monday said that judging by recent history and timelines of violence in Edo State under the watch of Governor Godwin Obaseki to cow political opponents, it is clear the out-going governor is in desperate and confused stage of actions.
He also said the State Government and its officials have lost the needed valve to ensure the peace, safety and security of Edo people ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Captain Okunbo, who stated these while reacting to a statement credited to Governor Obaseki linking him (Okunbo) and former Governor Adams Oshiomhole to alleged sponsorship of political thugs to be deployed in the September 19, governorship election, said such an allegation smacks of desperation and evil intention by the out-going governor.
Captain Okunbo noted that the statement by Obaseki also suggests cluelessness as to how to peacefully and maturely engage with emerging political issues ahead of the September 19, gubernatorial poll.
These were contained in a statement by the Senior Executive Assistant, to the Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd, Mrs Denise I. Onu, and made available to Forefront News in Abuja.
The statement noted that Governor Obaseki, through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Crusoe Osagie, made very grave and damaging claims against him and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that can not be substantiated.
He described the allegations and claims as not only ridiculous, false and mischievous, but with the intention to embarrass him and Oshiomhole as respected sons and leaders of Edo State and lower their reputation in the estimation of right-thinking and reasonable members of the society.
The statement further states; “The attention of the Chairman of Ocean Marine Solution, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, has been drawn to the defamatory statement made on behalf of the State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Crusoe Osagie.
“He claimed that both Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole met in Captain Okunbo’s GRA residence in Benin on July 19, 2020 with the thugs on which occasion they paid the thugs upfront.
“While the claims are outright ridiculous, false and mischievous, the intention behind them was/is to embarrass these respected sons and leaders of Edo State and lower their reputation in the estimation of right-thinking and reasonable members of the society.
“It is unfortunate that at a time when resources are dwindling and when there is need for public enlightenment on health related issues, Crusoe Osagie has misdirected his attention and state resources toward baseless personal attacks on perceived enemies of his principal.
“Without any iota of doubt, these malicious and careless statements by Crusoe Osagie were endorsed by his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, on whose behalf he spoke and still speaks as his spokesperson,” Onu stressed.
She continued; “While the statement is baseless and unfair, it betrays desperation on the part of the entire Edo State Government under Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“The point is hereby made that Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, in particular, is a man of peace whose patience is legendary. Therefore, they could not be talking about him in the context they did without answering to their indiscretion in making the outlandish and defamatory claims”.