BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—League of Young Edo Professionals, has described as unnecessary and “playing to the gallery,” the call for the resignation of Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, by the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged perjury, saying that the governor never lied under oath.
Edo State PDP had accused the governor of alleged inconsistency on his date of birth and called for his resignation.
Reacting, Edo Professionals, in a statement in Benin by its Secretary General, Osatohamen Nosakhare, recalled that the governor had at the colloquium informed his fellow governors that he was actually 61 but that organisers of the ceremony made the blunder by stating in the programme that he was 60.
He said: “Our members who attended the colloquium believed that the governor was actually 60 years. However, on the same occasion, he made a clarification that the committee of friends which planned the event erred on his date of birth by planning the celebration as 60th rather than 61st birthday, whereas his real date of birth was April 4, 1952.
“Oshiomhole was quoted to have said at the colloquium, while addressing fellow governors, that ‘the truth of the matter is, today I am 61. That is my official record and nobody ever noticed because year after year, people kept adding one year, and I don’t know where they started counting though I ignore it. I ought to have celebrated my 60th birthday last year. This year, I am 61. So Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State Governor) when you are talking to me, you are my senior as a governor, but I am older with many years and I want you to treat me as one of your elders.’
“If Dan Orbih (Edo PDP chairman) and his men were not at the colloquium, he could have done well to watch the televised programme as it was aired live. He would thus have known that the governor publicly cleared the air on the issue before the representative of Mr President and his brother governors, same day.”
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