Osifo got it wrong on Oshiomhole – Aide

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has always been a democrat and patriotic Nigerian who is very courageous and unwavering even in trying times, contrary to how critics portray him, according to Mr. John Mayaki, his media aide.

Mayaki, who was responding to a report by Mr. Isaiah Osifo, a former Chief of Staff to former governor, Oserheimen Osunbor, said Oshiomhole was a democrat, who had shown courage in times of extreme danger, threat to democratic institutions and impunity in high places.

Mayaki was reacting to a recent publication titled, “Edo, Oshiomhole and contradictory democracy,” where Osifo reportedly said: “I have seen and watched a long list of solicited solidarity visits and people paid to demonstrate in support of Oshiomhole’s contradictory democracy. We should pity the governor in his efforts to sustain his contradictory democracy. Solicited solidarity visits and paid demonstration are major strategies used by dictators to sustain their  ego and glaring contradictions.”

But Oshiomhole’s aide said the author of the comment was not fair to have described his principal in bad light. He said:   “Oshiomhole is an advocate of participatory democracy and one who always ensures that the people are adequately represented in decision making.

“Oshiomhole knows quite well that only good governance can restore the hope and confidence of the people in the leadership.

“He came into governance prepared to redefine the politics and governance of the state to one of core values and popular participation and the people can testify to these core values.”

According to him, the essence of democracy was for every citizen to have the opportunity to grow.

Oshiomhole’s life experience is one that has taught him that dictators and godfathers can only thrive when men of conscience refuse to stand on their feet to challenge what is wrong.

“When Nigerians decided to struggle for democracy, it was not to exchange one set of evil for another, but to create a political environment where people make decisions on the basis of majority. Our politics in Edo is large, complex, heterogeneous and one cannot expect a perfect system.

“In the process of deepening our embryonic democracy, Comrade Oshiomhole has been encouraging civic involvement and urging politicians to give way to society that rightfully demands that its representatives and institutions are more accountable and transparent than ever before despite rumour peddlers and character assassinations by anti-APC and anti-Oshiomhole forces.

“For me, the APC primaries and other issues complained by the defectors are as a result of the beauty of democracy. There must be contestations and no matter the political challenges facing the party in the state, the APC as an all inclusive party, has respect for democracy and taking the lead to restore peoples sense of pride.

“To this end, the Oshiomhole administration is committed to encouraging civic involvement and also ensures trust in the party leadership and democratic process. He has consolidated our democratic process and must be commended,” Mayaki said.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has always been a democrat and patriotic Nigerian who is very courageous and unwavering even in trying times, contrary to how critics portray him, according to Mr. John Mayaki, his media aide.

Mayaki, who was responding to a report by Mr. Isaiah Osifo, a former Chief of Staff to former governor, Oserheimen Osunbor, said Oshiomhole was a democrat, who had shown courage in times of extreme danger, threat to democratic institutions and impunity in high places.

Mayaki was reacting to a recent publication titled, “Edo, Oshiomhole and contradictory democracy,” where Osifo reportedly said: “I have seen and watched a long list of solicited solidarity visits and people paid to demonstrate in support of Oshiomhole’s contradictory democracy. We should pity the governor in his efforts to sustain his contradictory democracy. Solicited solidarity visits and paid demonstration are major strategies used by dictators to sustain their  ego and glaring contradictions.”

But Oshiomhole’s aide said the author of the comment was not fair to have described his principal in bad light. He said:   “Oshiomhole is an advocate of participatory democracy and one who always ensures that the people are adequately represented in decision making.

“Oshiomhole knows quite well that only good governance can restore the hope and confidence of the people in the leadership.

“He came into governance prepared to redefine the politics and governance of the state to one of core values and popular participation and the people can testify to these core values.”

According to him, the essence of democracy was for every citizen to have the opportunity to grow.

Oshiomhole’s life experience is one that has taught him that dictators and godfathers can only thrive when men of conscience refuse to stand on their feet to challenge what is wrong.

“When Nigerians decided to struggle for democracy, it was not to exchange one set of evil for another, but to create a political environment where people make decisions on the basis of majority. Our politics in Edo is large, complex, heterogeneous and one cannot expect a perfect system.

“In the process of deepening our embryonic democracy, Comrade Oshiomhole has been encouraging civic involvement and urging politicians to give way to society that rightfully demands that its representatives and institutions are more accountable and transparent than ever before despite rumour peddlers and character assassinations by anti-APC and anti-Oshiomhole forces.

“For me, the APC primaries and other issues complained by the defectors are as a result of the beauty of democracy. There must be contestations and no matter the political challenges facing the party in the state, the APC as an all inclusive party, has respect for democracy and taking the lead to restore people’s sense of pride.

“To this end, the Oshiomhole administration is committed to encouraging civic involvement and also ensures trust in the party leadership and democratic process. He has consolidated our democratic process and must be commended,” Mayaki said.

 
 
 
 

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