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Published On: Mon, Aug 6th, 2018

PDP, APC bicker over Oshiomhole’s claim on Ebonyi stadium

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By Lateef Ibrahim Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as hypocritical and an unpardonable lie, the claims by the embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, alleging that there was a clampdown on the members of the APC by the Ebonyi state Government.
The party said this yesterday in a press statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The PDP disclosed that is on record that the Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. Dave Umahi, in the spirit of accommodation which the party is known for, graciously ordered the stoppage of work at the stadium to enable the APC, who had earlier written him for permission, to use the stadium for their rally on the August 4, 2018. The APC, the opposition PDP recalled, wrote again to shift their rally to the August 11, 2018, which was equally granted by the Governor. The PDP thus said, “Is it not therefore shocking, and essentially revealing of his character, for Mr. Oshiomhole to now allege that his members were prevented from using the stadium for an event, which they shifted to a future date?
The statement by the PDP reads, “Mr. Oshiomhole, who has since turned himself into a laughing stock and a cartoon character among Nigerians due to his unabated unguarded comments since he was imposed as APC factional National Chairman, has now taken to fabrication of tales, symptomatic of a confused leader seeking to score cheap political points.
“Mr. Oshiomhole, who is reputed with great intolerance for opposition was reported to have alleged that his dysfunctional party, the APC, was locked out of the Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, which is currently undergoing reconstruction.
“This factional chairman forgot that it is on record that the Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. Dave Umahi, in the spirit of accommodation which the PDP is known for, had graciously ordered the stoppage of work at the stadium to enable a faction of APC, who had earlier written him for permission, to use the stadium for their rally on the August 4, 2018. The faction wrote again to shift their rally to the August 11, 2018, which was equally granted by the Governor.
“Is it not therefore shocking, and essentially revealing of his character, for Mr. Oshiomhole to now allege that his members were prevented from using the stadium for an event, which they shifted to a future date?
“Perhaps Mr. Oshiomhole is still haunted by his dictatorial proclivities as governor of Edo state where he trampled on rights of citizens including traumatizing and bullying widows with his “go an die” verdict; preventing the plane carrying the wife of a serving Vice President of Nigeria from landing at the Benin Airport as well as stopping the PDP from holding its mega rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in 2015. What he failed to realize is that such is not the way of the PDP.
“We know that Oshiomhole is just looking for excuses for his failed mini rally in Ebonyi state, but he should leave Governor Umahi out of his failures, as he has nobody but himself and President Muhammadu Buhari to blame, for APC’s misrule, which has made Nigerians to be averse to them,’ it said.

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