Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has refuted Governor Godwin Obaseki’s authority to order his arrest. Speaking to journalists in Edo state on Friday, the former governor dismissed the allegations made against him by Obaseki as baseless and ridiculous. Obaseki had accused Oshiomhole of being behind the violent protests in the state over the CBN’s controversial naira swap policy on Wednesday, but Oshiomhole denied the accusation.
In response to the accusation made by Governor Obaseki, Adams Oshiomhole stated in a chat with reporters that only the Nigeria Police Force has the right to investigate anyone deemed a person of interest, and if found to be culpable, the individual may be invited for questioning.
The APC Senatorial candidate for Edo North expressed his surprise at the idea of the police taking orders from Governor Obaseki. He added that he would find it surprising if the police carried out such an order. Oshiomhole further stated that the Governor lacks the authority to order the arrest of a citizen, which is the reason why some people have concerns about state police and the powers they may wield.
Oshiomhole emphasized the need for leaders to be accountable and responsible, saying that a leader who fails to address the challenges of his people has no moral right to remain in power.
He added that the government should be able to provide basic amenities such as good roads, healthcare, and education for the people, and that leaders should be able to show a commitment to the development of their communities.
Oshiomhole also stated that he is not a violent person and that he has always advocated for peaceful and democratic processes in resolving political issues. He urged Governor Obaseki to focus on governance and work towards addressing the challenges facing the state rather than engaging in political vendetta.
In conclusion, Oshiomhole reiterated that he has not done anything wrong and that he has nothing to fear. He called on the Nigeria Police Force to carry out their investigations objectively and not be swayed by political sentiments.
Oshiomhole emphasized the importance of peaceful protests as part of democratic ideals and condemned the riots that occurred in the state. He stated that while Nigerians have the right to protest against anything they are not happy about, there is a significant difference between peaceful protest and rioting. According to him, rioting can cause harm to innocent people, whereas peaceful protests are a sign of freedom.