Why Is Adams Oshiomhole So Oppressive Of The Benin People? – West-Idahosa

I really wonder why the Benin people have allowed the political configuration of Edo State to be so skewed against them. It is unbelievable. I am not easily given to tribalism and those who know me can attest to this. What is going on in Edo State is ugly.

Why Is Adams Oshiomhole So Oppressive Of The Benin People? – West-Idahosa

I really wonder why the Benin people have allowed the political configuration of Edo State to be so skewed against them. It is unbelievable. I am not easily given to tribalism and those who know me can attest to this. What is going on in Edo State is ugly. I am no doubt a Benin man but the views herein expressed are verifiable by any member of the public who cares.

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Let us be real for once. Adams Oshiomhole was a formidable National Labour Leader in his own right. He had no significant political influence in Edo State, let alone Nigeria ,before becoming the Governor of Edo State by the pronouncement of a competent Tribunal. Who aided his journey to the Government House? The Benin people did. Lucky Igbinedion made the machinery of the State available for the mission. He pumped in plenty of private and public funds. Chief Gabriel Igbinedion did not spare any expense. He did everything within his power. Captain Hosa Okunbor spent hundreds of millions of naira to support the election and Court processes that led to his election as Governor. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu practically laid out plan for this political success. These are all Benin men. Is there any of them who has not been a victim of Oshiomhole’s annihilation methods in one way of the other? I don’t know of any.

At the commencement of his tenure, the slogan was to do away with “god-fatherism” in Edo politics. That resonated well with the people given the neck breaking grip that certain god-fathers had over the political life of the State. As he went deep into his tenure, the slogan began to change its complexion. A new “god-father” had emerged on the political stage. That was not the end. A systematic composition and re-arrangement of the Benin political class was quietly effected. An insignificant number among those who offered future political promise was allowed into the new order. The majority of the new men on the block were practitioners of the Hobesian hypothetical state of nature. Without adequate education and useful skill, they were selected and empowered with enormous financial opportunities. They were so influential that they disrupted political meetings not authorized by their overlords at will. On one occasion, they stretched out an influential Benin politician on the floor in front of his ancestral home and thoroughly thrashed him for calling himself a leader. The man that they thrashed was over 60 years of age at the time. It was quite tough to operate politically without the endorsement of these enforcers. It was a strange development in Benin politics.

Even the famous Benin moat was totally disfigured by a certain Government Ministry on the pretext of preserving same. Not a question was asked by anyone. Today, the moat is near extinction. I believe that this was deliberate.

Given the support that Oshiomhole enjoyed from the Benin people, they deserved more than they got in terms of the political architecture of the Benin leadership. Some may quickly talk about the overall relative infrastructural development that Benin City enjoyed at the time and so on and so forth. That is merely because Benin City is the State capital and the home of the all powerful Oba of Benin. The point that is being made is that the type of people that made up the artificial political leadership foisted on the Benin people was to preclude them from wielding any level of political influence or competing for power with Oshiomhole within and outside the State.

The tactics was to weaken the Benin political leaders through hand outs on the one hand and physical intimidation on the other. It worked. In the end, he determined who got what amongst the Benin people. Besides the Minister of State for Health appointed by President Buhari, nearly all other appointments got Oshiomhole’s nod. So were elected officials, including the Governor of the State. I concede that Godwin Obaseki is a worthy technocrat who appears to understand development theories and methodology, but that does not detract from the fact that he was the product of Oshiomhole’s arbitrary selection process on behalf of Benin people.

For instance, when Oshiomhole was Governor of the State, he was the defacto head of ACN turned APC in the State. No one else had a say as far as Party matters were concerned. Ironically, the same Oshiomhole remains the Political leader of APC in Edo State till date despite the fact that there is a serving Governor from the same party. If the post of the Governor qualified Oshomhole to lead the party in the State, why does it not qualify Obaseki to do same? Why is he subjected to the dictates of Oshiomhole on Party matters? Is what is good for the goose not good for the gander?

It came to pass that another Benin man found himself as Chairman of the ruling APC. Since then, Odigie Oyegun has known no peace. Spurious allegations have been leveled against him. They include weakness, lack of massive followership, aloofness etc. Most of these complaints came from pro-Oshiomhole groups. Some of them may be correct and some are not. For God sake, this is a former super Federal Permanent Secretary and Governor of Edo State. He cannot be as weak as he has been portrayed. His real problem was that the man from Iyamoh wanted that seat desperately after completing his tenure as Governor. He could not stomach the fact that Oyegun being a Benin man enjoyed so much national relevance while he was searching for one. For him, the Benin people must not be allowed so much national or local political influence in order to prevent them from acquiring the impetus to invoke the power in their superior population in directing the political affairs of the State.

Oyegun’s continued stay as National Chairman would mean that the Benin people are gradually gaining political relevance at the Federal level. Having extinguished their influence locally within the State, why must they be allowed to flourish outside? I think this is the unspoken battle now going on between Oyegun and Oshiomhole and the non-edo public may need to know this. For the sake of argument, even if Oyegun is to be kicked out as the National Chairman of APC, why must Oshiomhole lead that assignment? Why must he take the office from him in a humiliating manner? Are they not both Edo men? Is edoism of any value to Oshiomhole? Is there no other capacity in which Oshomhole can serve? One man is in charge of three Ministries in Nigeria. Why not take one from him on behalf of the South-south Zone. Oyegun led the party to the historic victory of electorally rooting out an incumbent Government. A rare feat to achieve. If Buhari is re-contesting for the post of President, what is the crime of Oyegun? Why should Oyegun not be allowed to do a second tenure?

Many of us are left with no choice than to conclude that Oshiomhole does not want a Benin man to remain in a position of political influence which is more significant that his role in the political system at any given time.
Many in Oshiomhole’s shoes would show more respect for his Benin political benefactors. Inspite of their near 58% population in the State, they have been very generous to “Oshio Baba” and poured their love on him. Even if Oshiomhole does not respect Oyegun’s capacity, he should at least let him be as a Benin man. Our people say that “if you do not eat pounded yam because of the delicious soup, you would eat it because of the Lure in yam itself”. That is what I think should have happened on this occasion. I have my strong doubts. Knowing the way Oshiomhole operates, I pity Oyegun already . His job is probably gone. Politically, he comes from what now appears to be an extremely weak majority tribe in Edo State. A place where the tail wags the dog and not the other way round. In any case, Oyegun has had his date with history. What is left for the Benin political class is a reawakening of their self esteem and complete renewal of their bereft leadership. They now need to invoke the memories of Chief Humphrey Omo-Osagie, Pa Imafidon, Pa Amadasun, Pa Ben- Edo Osagie and their likes to guide them in the search for their modern equivalent. And it would come to pass by the grace of God and their ancestors.

Dr. Ehiogie West-Idahosa.

17 Responses to "Why Is Adams Oshiomhole So Oppressive Of The Benin People? – West-Idahosa"

  1. Lawani Israel
    Lawani Israel   May 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

    The so called bini man who was there all this while what did he do for Edo State?U see when ever a bini man is in power he forget his people and promises easily and start his selfish and personal interest

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  2. Lawani Israel
    Lawani Israel   May 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

    The so called bini man who was there all this while what did he do for Edo State?U see when ever a bini man is in power he forget his people and promises easily and start his selfish and personal interest

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  3. Chief David Ekhator   May 12, 2018 at 6:47 am

    I salute the write up of Hon. West Idahosa and his effort to address the seemingly imbalance is the Benin/Edo political setting in modern time. But let me quickly remind Hon. West Idahosa that the present day politics has out grown sentiments and ethnicity dribbling by politicians as it were in His time as Honourable. We all know how many times he represents Benins in the national level and not once has he raised a voice to protest the happenings and the routh and avalanche of inhuman plundering of the wealth of the common Benin/Edo people. It took Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion courage to admit that His son, the very prodigal son I’m Benin history failed Benin people and went ahead to apologize for his failures. Not even once did the Hon. West Idaho’s raise any awareness on the looting galore of that administration were he benefitted enormously. Even the attitude of that administration cheating and robbing the Oba of Benin. Omo’noba n’edo Uku Akpolokpolo. Oba Erediauwa. His Royalty and monthly entitlement from the Federal Government. How did he, Lucky Ekomaronya Nosakhare Igbinadion succeeded that evil act without being challenged by one of our own Hon. West Idahosa? Was it a divide and share syndrome that made him quiet or was it the proverbial PADY-PADY style of old leadership that rubbed him the sense of Honour, fareness and moral decency? How did he represented Benin/Edo people serving the interest of his pay masters and Godfathers. Let it be on record that the Benin man on the street do not give inn to cheap ideas of politicking anymore as far as someone is doing the right infrastructural development that was denied them in the government in which he served. Whipping up sentiments of ethnicity, and political dribbling has been thrown to the graveyard of Benin history. Let him go and search for it there if the usefulness has not overwhelmed him. Let Benin grow. Let those in the know put us in the part of life that we deserve. We do not care if a Kukuruku man from Iyamoh ora Moo man from Auchi is in power as long as they are doing what is right. Governor Obaseki knows what is right for the Edo people. He should be allowed to continue from where Oshiomohle stopped without bringing up irrelevant matters that will not allow his concentration. Stop selling evil political ideas to Benin people as the point raised in you article of hesitant will not help change the part of progress the state is going. Enough is Enough!

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  4. Kareem Joseph Salifu
    Kareem Joseph Salifu   May 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    ….good looking benin city and truely befitting d profile of a state capital.You shd praise Mr Oshiomhole will power to develop&improve d old status of benin city by extension d whole of Edo state which am proud of today as an indigene.Now Obaseki has entered lets watch and see d level he is going to take Benin city and d whole of Edo to.Pls don’t quick to condemn!!!

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  5. Kareem Joseph Salifu
    Kareem Joseph Salifu   May 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    ….good looking benin city and truely befitting d profile of a state capital.You shd praise Mr Oshiomhole will power to develop&improve d old status of benin city by extension d whole of Edo state which am proud of today as an indigene.Now Obaseki has entered lets watch and see d level he is going to take Benin city and d whole of Edo to.Pls don’t quick to condemn!!!

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  6. Kareem Joseph Salifu
    Kareem Joseph Salifu   May 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Mr West Idahosa u’ve miss it all except if u say Edo state shd be splitted to tribes.Let me remind u quickly dt ur real tribe of bini in d person of Lucky Igbenedion was in power for 8yrs&he left benin city as a big village wt its ancient look and nothing was done to him uptill date bt he resides wt u pple there in benin except dt he can’t travel out wt d fear of been arrested by Interpol.Now d coming of Mr Adam Oshiomhole liberated d place called benin city 4rm its ancient look 2 days model…

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  7. Kareem Joseph Salifu
    Kareem Joseph Salifu   May 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Mr West Idahosa u’ve miss it all except if u say Edo state shd be splitted to tribes.Let me remind u quickly dt ur real tribe of bini in d person of Lucky Igbenedion was in power for 8yrs&he left benin city as a big village wt its ancient look and nothing was done to him uptill date bt he resides wt u pple there in benin except dt he can’t travel out wt d fear of been arrested by Interpol.Now d coming of Mr Adam Oshiomhole liberated d place called benin city 4rm its ancient look 2 days model…

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  8. Kareem Joseph Salifu
    Kareem Joseph Salifu   May 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Mr West Idahosa u’ve miss it all except if u say Edo state shd be splitted to tribes.Let me remind u quickly dt ur real tribe of bini in d person of Lucky Igbenedion was in power for 8yrs&he left benin city as a big village wt its ancient look and nothing was done to him uptill date bt he resides wt u pple there in benin except dt he can’t travel out wt d fear of been arrested by Interpol.Now d coming of Mr Adam Oshiomhole liberated d place called benin city 4rm its ancient look 2 days model…

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  9. Goddy   May 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    This is only the beginning. Just wait for Oshiomole to become Apc chairman, he will shallow everyone politically.
    The Benin’s fear so much they allowed Oshiomole to give a certificate of employment to a whole Oba of Benin himself imagine that! By the time Oshiomole is finished with you guys it will be too late. Oshiomole is the executive, Legislatures, and the judiciary. He is everything and the Benin’s keep looking. Weak people!!!

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  10. Edoseghe Oghogho Idahosa
    Edoseghe Oghogho Idahosa   May 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Yes Rt. Hon. The Benin people lack a rallying point, no Organizations nor persons with a non partisan character exist.
    When he decimated the ‘king makers’ we applauded him. He grew in self confidence and today he feels he own everyone. In a state we have Chiefs Gabriel Igbinedion, Lucky Igbinedion, Capt. Hosa, yourself and so many heavyweights in both the academia and business.and yet no one can look this man in the eyes and say enough is enough? Adams said our own Chief Oyegun is not ‘digital’ enough to continue to be a Party Chairman. And he still had some Benin sons and daughters surrounding him? People say everything is politics, what is? I only hope the coming generations will learn from this and put an end to this sad story. We have seven local councils and the voting edge and yet…..?

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  11. Edoseghe Oghogho Idahosa
    Edoseghe Oghogho Idahosa   May 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Yes Rt. Hon. The Benin people lack a rallying point, no Organizations nor persons with a non partisan character exist.
    When he decimated the ‘king makers’ we applauded him. He grew in self confidence and today he feels he own everyone. In a state we have Chiefs Gabriel Igbinedion, Lucky Igbinedion, Capt. Hosa, yourself and so many heavyweights in both the academia and business.and yet no one can look this man in the eyes and say enough is enough? Adams said our own Chief Oyegun is not ‘digital’ enough to continue to be a Party Chairman. And he still had some Benin sons and daughters surrounding him? People say everything is politics, what is? I only hope the coming generations will learn from this and put an end to this sad story. We have seven local councils and the voting edge and yet…..?

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  15. DChief Don
    DChief Don   May 11, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Guilty of selling their birthright to the Kukuruku Midget.

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  16. DChief Don
    DChief Don   May 11, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Guilty of selling their birthright to the Kukuruku Midget.

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  17. Daniel aigbe   May 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Pa temple, am so proud of you in pursuit for the interest of benin people. Perhap those shamefully following osho should be made to understand what the binis
    stand to loose in the long run

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