FORMER All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman Adams Oshiomhole has been reported to the police by the wife of the Edo State deputy governor Maryann Shaibu for threatening her life at a rally in Etsako West Local Government Area.
On September 19, Edo State will go to the polls to elect a new governor in what is turning out to be a very acrimonious battle. Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy Phillip Shaibu have left the APC after falling out with Mr Oshiomhole and will now be standing as candidates for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
During the APC primaries, Mr Oshiomhole had ensured that Governor Obaseki was not returned, claiming there was a discrepancy in his academic qualifications. Former secretary to the Edo State government Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was selected as the APC gubernatorial candidate, forcing Governor Obaseki to decamp.
With the battle getting more heated by the day, Mrs Shaibu, has petitioned the Edo State commissioner of police over an alleged threat to life by Mr Oshiomhole. In the petition dated September 8 submitted by her counsel, Idemudia Ilueminosen, titled Threat to Life, Mrs Shaibu said Mr Oshiomhole had threatened to deal with her after casting aspersions on her at a rally in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Her petition read: “We are further informed by our client that the said Oshiomhole did not only threaten to deal with her but he has also declared that he has sent some thugs to monitor her movements in Etsako West with a view to carrying out the threat of dealing with her. It is on this note, that we passionately appeal to you on behalf of our client, to use your good office to investigate this incident.
“Investigation is also necessary with a view to bringing the said Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his cohorts to book to avert any unpleasant and unforeseen harm coming to our client especially as the Edo State gubernatorial election is by the corner; precisely on 19th of September, 2020.”
However, in a swift reaction, Mr Oshiomhole’s aide, Victor Oshioke, dispelled the allegation saying the former governor is focused on marketing the governorship candidate of the APC and cannot, under any circumstances, be distracted by the buzzing of baby mosquitoes Mrs Shaibu. He added: “This petition is nothing but a futile attempt to divert the attention of Nigerians from the trending video of Maryann Shaibu threatening to flog women old enough to be her mother if they dare exercise their fundamental human rights to attend any event other than the one she organises.”