By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Special Adviser to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Political Matters, Chief Charles Idahosa has described allegation by a former Chairman Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, that his principal marginalized Esan people.Â According to Idahosa, Anenihâ€™s assertion is a misrepresentation of facts, saying rather it was the PDP who marginalized his own people.Â
Reacting to the comments credited to Anenih, Idahosa said,â€œ It was very interesting seeing Chief Anenih speaking at the rally in Uromi, I was very impressed because I got worried because he did not speak when they flagged off at the state level but I thank God for his good health.Â
â€œBut it is sad that Anenih will come out now as a Local Government leader of the PDP, to attack APC and governor Oshiomhole of marginalizing Esan people.Â
â€œBut looking at the facts on ground, it was Anenih who marginalized his own people because when he was the Alpha and Omega, and the Mr Fix it of Nigeria politics, he refused to make an Esan man governor. Because he wanted to be a lone star, he did not want any competitor so that people will worship him.Â
â€œWhen a graceful in-law of the Esan people, in the person of President Obasanjo wanted to compensate his people, he gave the governorship to Prof.Osariemen Osunbor, Anenih refused because he wanted Ugbesia. Immediately the Appeal Court sacked Osunbor who is Esna man, Anenih went into partnership with Oshiomhole and gave him four Commissioners after celebrating Osunborâ€™s sack with Champaign.Â
â€œWhen he wanted to go to his old tricks he found a hard nut to crack in Oshiomhole, they fell out and Oshiomhole sacked his four commissioners and that was the end of PDP in Edo state. Prof. Ambrose Ali, another Esan man who did well for Esan people, Anenih made sure and with the super power of the NPN then, he was removed as governor.
â€œHe made sure Ali was thrown out and ended up in jail.Â So Esan people cannot be fooled now by Anenihâ€™s antics because Oshiomhole has done more for them than Anenih or PDP. All the Anenih rather empowered his Uromi people and not Esna people and because of that Esan people started voting against PDP and that is what they are going to do again on September 10because Oshiomhole brought water, roads and electricity to Esan land and that was what Anenih failed to do for them under his PDPâ€ he declared.