Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State yesterday accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of trying to frustrate his perceived Vice Presidential ambition.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the Council of State meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the governor said that the PDP ended up revealing their exact deliberate attempt to attack him when the party alleged that he was planning to contest for Vice president?s position come 2015.
He noted, however, that even if he decides to run for the number two seat, the PDP cannot intimidate him, adding that he has the right to do so if he was convinced.
He said, ?And as you read one metuhsella or Olisa Metuh or by whatever name he is called; he was reported as saying that I am destabilising Edo State because I want to contest for Vice Presidency. Now, that is standing logic upside down. If I want to contest the Vice Presidency, do I need to destabilise the government that I currently head? So, they have let out the cat, meaning that they are afraid for their own rumoured ambition that I want to contest Vice Presidency.
?So, the point I want to make is that, if I decide even to contest for the presidency, PDP cannot intimidate me. I have a right to do so if it is my conviction. It is unfortunate that some people want to put their individual interest above national interest and I cannot be intimidated. I?m firmly on ground and there is nothing to worry about.
?Now what is my position? Simple! Without state instrument on the streets of this city of Abuja, we confronted the powers that be. We confronted people who occupied this villa from 1999 to 2007. I did along with my colleagues; across the 36 states; we did. So, I am not a coward that can be intimidated?.
Noting that the PDP was using blackmail to destabilise the state ahead of 2015, the governor said, ?One thing is that election is coming in 2015 and we have defeated PDP consistently since 2009 that I assume office. Every by-election, they lost. The last National Assembly election, we defeated them in the whole of Edo South which is about 51 per cent of the population. We defeated them in Edo North which is about 33 per cent of the population. We defeated them in Edo Central which accounts for about 17 per cent of the population.
?In my own election, in all that they boasted that they were going to do, I defeated them in all the 18 local government areas including the local government of the PDP godfather. And so what they are trying to do now is that having lost the election, having been rejected by the Edo people and knowing that another election is coming, they want to destabilise the state, intimidate my person.
?You have some people who believe that because they are members of the PDP, they are above the law and they want to celebrate the culture of impunity. But I am a product of struggle all my life. I?m used to people who think that they are much more than what they are. And my own life history tells me that only the man on the side of truth is on the side of God and only that could survive?.