Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godsday Orubebe, yesterday continued their war of words over conducts in office.
While Oshiomhole said that Orubebe was afraid of President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned probe of the billions of naira he squandered on the uncompleted East-West Road and the Amnesty while in office, the former minister accused the governor of turning himself to an errand boy for Aso Villa to curry Buhari’s favour.
In fact, Orubebe described Oshiomhole as a “villa sycophant”. He told journalists in Abuja that the governor is one Nigerian who changes allegiance to anybody in power.
In a reaction, Oshiomhole, through his spokesperson, Mr. Peter Okhiria, said Orubebe’s “incompetence” contributed to failure of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to the latest outburst of one clown called Godsday Orubebe in his attempt to taint the image of the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“It is no surprise that former President Goodluck Jonathan, failed woefully because he surrounded himself with such charlatans as Godsday Orubebe, whose only credential is his ethnic origin and the large size of his bowler hat.
“Here was a man whose un-ministerial conduct at the election nearly plunged the nation into an avoidable crisis.
“Does Orubebe really think Nigerians are fools? Does he truly believe Nigerians have forgotten so soon the ignoble role he played in his attempt to truncate the release of the election results and announcement of the eventual winner of that election, a move which could have plunged the nation into another civil war?
“Is it not a shame that Orubebe, who should be cooling off his heels in jail for that failed plot to truncate democracy, has now found a convoluted voice?
“We are not surprised at the timing of Orubebe’s latest outburst. It is no doubt unconnected with the planned probe by President Muhammadu Buhari of the billions of naira allocated to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, even as the East-West Road remains in bad shape and the probe of the fleecing of amnesty funds under his watch.
“We are aware that Orubebe, the perpetual noisemaker, has raised the decibel of his noise a notch higher so that he would have a ready-made defence of witch-hunting if he is indicted in the planned probe of Amnesty funds.
“Orubebe is a yesterday’s man. We could have chosen to ignore him like his Delta brother, Mr. Sunny Onuesoke, an unknown entity who doesn’t know the arithmetic of financing, but decided to delve into a matter of a World Bank loan, something completely beyond his mental and intellectual capacity, but we simply can’t let Orubebe have the last say,” he said.

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