National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described himself as the proverbial he-goat of Edo politics.
Speaking on Friday at his Benin GRA residence, the former Edo governor debunked reports that he was placed under house arrest.
Oshiomhole received Osagie Ize-Iyamu who
defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ize-Iyamu was presented to Oshiomhole by the APC national vice chairman (South-South), Hillard Etta.
A rally to receive Iyamu into the APC held in
a venue different from that which the police disapproved of.
Oshiomhole, however, said he stayed away from the
rally for the sake of peace.
“I saw that they write a story from the
Government House that I’m under house arrest. You can see, either way, they
want to make me look like the proverbial he-goat,” he said.
“In the traditional Nigerian society, when the family child is sick, and you go and consult the traditional native doctor, he will ask them to sacrifice a he-goat so that witches and wizards will not kill the child.
“On the hand, when a baby is born or they are celebrating birthday or something good is happening to the family, they get a he-goat, they slaughter and celebrate. So, either way, the he-goat is in trouble.
“God knows my heart, and he will help me and
he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the
APC, with Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers, and to them,
we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses
The APC chairman blamed Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, for the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, stating that Governor Godwin Obaseki would be the victim of the crisis.