Oshiomhole’s ex-commissioners kick against his senatorial ambition

Adams Oshiomhole

Two former commissioners of Edo State have kicked against the senatorial ambition of a former governor of the state Adams Oshiomhole.

Lucky James, (local government and chieftaincy affairs) and Inumidun Idehen (women affairs) served the state as commissioners during Oshiomhole’s administration.

The two former commissioners issued a joint statement in Benin on Thursday, pitching their tent with incumbent Senator Francis Alimikhena and pledging their support for his re-election.

The statement was personally signed by James, Oshiomhiole’s kinsman and Mrs Idehen whom Oshiomhole dropped from his cabinet in June 2012, one month to the governorship election in Edo.

They submitted that the re-election of Alimikhena, instead of replacing him with Oshiomhole, would guarantee a bigger deal for the senatorial district.

“Edo North APC youths should work in synergy with their respective leaders to ensure victory for Sen. Alimikhena.

“To show the seriousness attached to Alimikhena’s re-election, his campaign organisation has been strengthened and our principal is the first to obtain the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms,’’ the statement read.

It quoted Idehen as saying: “at my age and with my pedigree, I cannot deceive my own people. I owe it a duty to lead rightly and Alimikhena is the right person for 2023 Senate.’’

She urged the people to do the right thing by nominating and supporting Alimikhena for another term of office.