The past chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has scolded the Progressives Governors Forum’s Director-General, Salihu Lukman, one of his faultfinders in the APC.
Mr. Oshiomhole, not long after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday, described the governor’s forum DG with a ‘pig’, which he (Oshiomhole) won’t grapple with.
“You want me to engage in a fight with a pig? If you engage in a fight with a pig, the pig already is stained by its nature and you will wear your white garment, and in my own case, khaki to go and wrestle with a pig? I will not,” he told journalists.
Mr. Lukman, who heads the secretariat of the APC governors forum blamed Mr. Oshiomhole for the crisis rocking the party in Edo State which prompted the incumbent governor to decamp to the opposition party and his (Oshiomhole) removal and party chairman.
He warned the party chairman against spearheading the Edo State’s governorship campaign. He advised him to emulate the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu’s campaign style.
“The APC campaign is personalised around Comrade Oshiomhole and the candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is an onlooker. We need to appeal to Comrade Oshiomhole to ‘calm down’. This campaign is not about his person,” Mr. Lukman had said.
In response to Lukman’s statement, Oshiomhole, while speaking to newsmen on Monday at the Presidential Villa compared his reputation in Edo State to that of President Buhari whom he described as someone that would be greatly missed after his tenure in 2023.
Mr. Oshiomhole took a swipe at Mr. Lukman alleging that he is only acting according to the orders of his (Oshiomhole) critics within the ruling APC.
“So my attitude is not to reply the noise and it is coming from somebody who says he is an employee and appointee of Progressives Governors Forum, he is just like the cowards that are using him that are not able to come out.
“Otherwise, you should ask this guy, who is now an election expert. He contested for Senate against Makarfi, he lost. He even contested against governor El-Rufai during the primaries and he lost, before (governor) Fayemi unilaterally appointed him the DG,” he said.