APC Spokesman Defends Oshiomhole’s ‘Go And Die’ Comment To Widow

CaptureThe Interim National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has defended the actions of Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who came under massive tongue-lash from generality of Nigerians following his comments, which he has since regretted and apologized, that a widow should ‘go and die’.

A video which went viral during the week, showed an unmoved Gov. Oshiomhole, about a fortnight ago, ordering the seizure of some goods belonging to a woman, who was allegedly hawking her wares on the side-walks, in contravention of existing traffic laws, even as she went on her knees, crying and begging for mercy on grounds that she was a widow.

Her claim that she was a widow only seemed to anger the governor, who retorted, “you are a widow, go and die”.

But this statement did not go down with Nigerians both within and outside the country as they decried the governor’s attitude especially, as he was once a union leader, who fought for the rights of the poor and downtrodden in society when it was being trampled upon by government.

However, commenting on the episode while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, on Saturday, Mr Mohammed said “running a state is not about popularity but about doing the right thing.

“In doing so, you are probably going to step on certain toes,” he said, adding that his experience in government gives him knowledge that harsh decisions will be taken.

But when asked if the Governor’s comment was justified, the APC spokesman responded, “No. I’m just saying that in some circumstances, you take decisions which are very unpleasant”.

7 Comments

  • Hey, Info Nigeria, don’t be ridiculous! Ur headline negates what Lai Mohammed said. Seems u guys wanna get traffic at all costs. Lai Mohammed said he supports the DECISION, not that he support the COMMENT of the governor. I think what Oshiomhole said is despicable and I am no fan of Lai Mohammed either. So I’m not choosing sides. But u should try and report objectively.

  • It’s so sad that Laid and his APC cohorts will defend what has been condemned by all. Nigerians must be careful. The warning signs are very clear.

  • Come to think of it this way, if this same action was committed by a rival Governor, Mr. Adams would have mobilised a rally & unleashed oxford english dictionary on his rivals. Truly power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Telling her to go and die didnt come out by mistake, after all, out of the abundance of what lies in the heart, the mouth speaketh. His apology should be backed by a State grant to her n other poor people within his State. A lot of us are quick to forget where we came from

  • Lie Lie and co, God is watching you. The Husband of the widow is seeing you. He will intervene in the case of the widow, she will not die as proclaimed by the politician.

  • Some laws of APC and previous AC states are funny. What happened to the seized goods? What other plans does the govt have for affected people? Should they really go and die?

  • obj was then a righteous man indeed compared to oshemole who pretended to had fought for the masses interest not knowing that he had an interio motive which was to sell himself to the people because of political office like the one he is now occupying in edo state. No wonder he was beaten up by obj’s men then because they saw burning emvy in him just as asuu is trying to sabotage jonathans government. Wrong people are so many in nigeria helm of affairs

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