Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, has dismissed allegations by the factional state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Col. David Imuse, that the state’s Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, is planning to attack himself and blame the attack on his party, the APC.
In a statement, Osagie said it was unfortunate and desperate for the APC factional chairman to descend so low as to make such puerile allegations, all which are part of the underhand and diversionary tactics being deployed by the APC to score cheap points with an intent to shortchange the people in the forthcoming governorship election.
According to him, “We are quite perplexed to learn of the laughable allegations by Col. Imuse, who has just found his voice after many months of wandering in the wilderness. We condole with him for taking up this very disgraceful assignment given to him by his handlers to make such infantile claims. This is obviously coming after the party’s disgraceful, half-hearted campaign in pockets of communities in the state. During this short-lived tour, they got confirmation that their candidate commands very negligible following, hence the resort to diversionary approach to political campaign.
“The claim that the Deputy Governor is plotting to attack himself and blame it on the APC is a fantastic idea that is best left for the movies and theatre houses. It is false and baseless.
“In actual fact, it must be stated clearly that the APC has proven to be the desperate ones in this election. They have resorted to this cheap lie after hurrying over their campaigns and terminating a full month before the elections. One wonders what more tales by moonlight they have up their sleeves in the coming days.”
He urged the public to disregard the allegations, as the deputy governor is an upright man and committed to the development of the people and would never attempt to play on the intelligence of the people.