Governor Adams Oshiomhole
By Adibe Emenyonu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has called on Governor Adams Oshiomhole to take the path of honour and resign his position as governor of the state.
Addressing the media in Benin City Monday, the state PDP chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, alleged that the governor committed perjury when he swore on oath and lied about his age, pointing out that the governor was 61 years old as against 60 years he celebrated with pomp and ceremony last Thursday.
Orbih claimed that the governor had swore to an affidavit in the state High Court that he was born on April 4, 1952, but that since he was sworn into office in 2008, he had consistently celebrated his birthday as April 4, 1953.
According to him, “The governor deposed to an affidavit in the High Court that he was born on April 4, 1952. You can see the dilemma we are facing. Was Adams Oshiomhole born on April 4, 1953 or of April 4 1952? In the history of the world, no man was born on two dates.
“Our conclusion is that Adams Oshiomhole knew he was born in 1953 but he went to swear to affidavit that he was born in 1952. This to us, is unacceptable, is perjury and labour rascality.
Challenging Governor Oshiomhole to tell the truth about his birthday, the Edo State PDP chairman recalled that it was for the same reason of perjury that the former Speaker of the House of Representative, Salisu Buhari and former Senate President, Evan Enwerem were removed from office, adding that Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s case is not an exception.
“Adams Oshiomhole must go. He has lied before man and God. The document we have in our possession will send him to prison,” the PDP chairman told journalists.
Commenting on the theme of the colloquium to mark Oshiomhole’s 60th birthday, “Deepening Democracy and Enhancing Public Welfare,” Orbih said, democracy could not be deepened on falsehood, and when the leaders are not credible.
Reacting to Edo PDP allegation, Special Adviser on Media the governor, Kassim Afegbua said Oshiomhole was 61 years old, noting that the error which put his age at 60 was caused by the printer of the birthday brochure.
He added that the governor pointed it out when the brochure was delivered but it was too late as the event had been scheduled for that day.
Describing the PDP as “busy body and attention seeking political party, finding any means to get public attention,” Afegbua pointed out that Oshiomhole had never celebrated his birthday, explaining further that the governor’s last birthday was organised by a committee of friends and that public funds were not spent.