Governor Adams Oshiomhole has pointed fingers in the direction of the Presidency following the incidence on Friday involving his chartered helicopter flight to Anambra State which was purportedly grounded by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, following the pilot’s failure to declare his manifest and make some payments to the aviation authorities.
Oshiomhole, who spoke through his Special Adviser (Media), Mr. Kassim Afegbua, said, “I think the government of the day is competing with too many crises. It is disturbing that governors are no longer recognised and respected in the scheme of things even when it is known that they were duly elected by the people.
“How else do you explain the role of the NAMA clerk who grounded the governor’s helicopter and prevented him from keeping his appointment in Anambra because he was acting out a script that has become the rule of engagement by a dictatorial regime? We remain unprovoked because we are civilised people” he said.
Meanwhile, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has described the grounding of the aircraft as the antics of a “dying regime.”
CPC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, noted that the action had the signature of the Presidency.
He said, “That is what you see with dying regimes. They lose focus, vision and start to bare their fangs.
“Can you imagine President Obama grounding the aircraft of an opponent just because they disagree politically? May be we are getting to a level where pedestrians will be grounded.
“I wonder if Oshiomole had declared intention to run for the office of President in 2015, because that is usually what happens when someone shows interest.
“It is the level of our development. This too shall pass” Fashakin declared.