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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Oshiomhole denies senatorial ambition

By Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA-Edo State immediate past governor, Adams Oshiomhole has denied
nursing the ambition to seek election into the Nigerian Senate in 2019. The
former governor was reacting to a campaign poster currently trending on
Facebook, tagged “Articulate Representation 2019,” carrying the portrait of
Oshiomhole and signed by his “Committee of Friends.”

Reacting to the development, media aide to the ex-governor, Victor Oshioke
dismissed the campaign, stating that the non-mention of the senatorial
district his principal is purportedly seeking election to represent is enough to
discredit same, adding that no known friend of Oshiomhole is remotely
associated with the poster or the campaign.

“Our attention has been drawn to a poster circulating on social media which
has the photograph and name of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. In the said
poster, an impression is created that a “Committee of Friends” is
campaigning for Comrade Oshiomhole to run for a Senate seat in 2019.
Curiously, the poster does not include information on the senatorial district
for which Comrade Oshiomhole is being solicited to run.

“Our investigations have revealed that this poster did not emanate from any
known friends of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or anyone remotely connected
to him. Since leaving office as governor of Edo State, Comrade Oshiomhole
has, at no time discussed running for any other office with anyone, and
therefore he is as surprised as anyone else about the emergence of these
online posters.

“We therefore wish to inform the general public that Comrade Adams
Oshiomhole and his known friends have nothing to do with the posters in
circulation. The posters and the message it conveys should be disregarded as
the handiwork of mischief makers who have nothing better to do than engulf
themselves in an obsessive pastime of speculation on Comrade Adams
Oshiomhole’s next political move,” Oshioke wrote.

The speculation linking Oshiomhole to the Senate may not be unconnected
with the familiar pattern of succession to the Edo North Senatorial District
since the return to democratic rule in 1999. With the exception of Senator
Victor Kassim Oyofo who got elected twice to represent the district;

succeeding senators have only done a term each, the last being Senator
Domingo Obende whose popularity in the red chamber proved inadequate to
earn him a return into the hallowed chamber in the last general election.

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