Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that he has no apology to tender to those who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a rival party, saying he will never divert the state’s resources meant for development to the defectors.
The governor, who spoke at the presentation of staff of office to Alhaji Jackson Etokhana, as the Oghieavhianwu of Avhianwu, urged the traditional ruler to educate his people to support only politicians who have the interest of the larger population at heart, rather than personal interest.
“We must use every opportunity to educate our people. I am not asking you to go and carry party cards, I only ask you and your chiefs to educate our people to distinguish politicians who will stand only when it is good for their family, not when it is good for the larger community. I want it to be said that when I left office, our people started distinguishing thieves from real politicians.
“Our people must learn to begin to interrogate all manners of political miscreants who come wanting to cash in on the poverty of our people. I always say that to be poor is not to be crazy, so we must be clear”, he said.
The governor added: “So those who decamped, because I do not put money in their pockets, let them continue to decamp. I have no apologies for them and everybody will be remembered when they write the history of politics in Afemai land. Those who called for Afemai agenda, believing that when an Afemai man becomes the governor, he will carry state money and share to them; and once they do not get it, they abandon Afemai agenda. Now, they have turned only to the agenda of ‘stomach’ infrastructure”.
Oshiomhole assured that the government under his watch will never interfere with the traditional institution, just as he will not sponsor anybody to write a petition against any traditional ruler.
“This government believes that the foundation for peace and stability requires that we respect not only the traditional institution, but also the traditional rulers who sit on the various thrones”, he said.