A pre-election matter involving the Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shuaib on matters bordering on forgery before an Abuja Federal High Court has caused war of words between Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu and the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, had said during a programme in the weekend that the former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had boasted that the Supreme Court would give his party victory like the case of Imo state.
But the APC in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Chris Azebanmwan, described Shaibu’s statement as blatant false.
He accused the deputy governor of engaging in a smear campaign against Oshiomhole.
“The statement which he credited to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a blatant falsehood as no such words emanated from the elder statesman. It is a smear campaign that is aimed at tarnishing the pristine image of the immediate past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the vain hope it would pit the judiciary against the legal reliefs sought by the APC.
“I challenge Philip Shaibu to provide an audio or video clip of the occasion where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is alleged to have made such a statement. Instead of this puerile and infantile attempt at diverting attention from the substance of the matter in court which centers on forgery and perjury, Philip Shaibu is well advised to address his mind to shoring up their defence.
“Philip Shaibu conveniently lost sight of the fact that the issue in contention borders on forgery and perjury. APC did not go to the Federal High Court to challenge the outcome of the September 2020 election.
“The Nigerian public is too informed and discerning to be hoodwinked with fake allegations and sensationalism. We totally agree with Philip Shaibu that the Nigerian judiciary ranks amongst the best and most diligent in the world and will not be swayed or distracted by antics such as being irresponsibly orchestrated by Philip Shaibu”, the statement said.