Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole has said that former Minister of the Niger Delta, Mr Godsday Orubebe is afraid of President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned probe of several billions of naira squandered on the East-West Road and on the Amnesty programme under his watch, adding that this is the basis for his latest outburst in the media. Oshiomhole stated this while responding to a newspaper publication where Orubebe was quoted to have described Oshiomhole as a “Villa sycophant” for criticising the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, Oshiomhole said , “It is no surprise that Jonathan failed woefully because he surrounded himself with the likes of Godsday Orubebe, whose only credential is his ethnic origin and the large size of his bowler hat.
“Here was a man whose un-ministerial conduct at the election nearly plunged the nation into an avoidable crisis. Orubebe is a yesterday’s man”.
But in a swift reaction, Orubebe said Oshiomhole’s attempt to link his advice to Buhari to be cautious of Villa sycophant to his fears of a possible probe over the East- West Road project “shows that he (Oshiomhole) is a garage boy who lacks focus”.
Orubebe further reminded Oshiomhole that he was yet to address the issue of sycophancy which he accused him of.
He said, ‘I am proud to have been a vital instrument used by God to take the once abandoned East- West road project to an admirable 80 per cent level of completion. I am not afraid of probe. I am a man of integrity under whose watch the abandoned 42 bridges and 1040 culverts that were initially without design were upgraded to their present level today. Every reasonable Niger Deltan and Nigerians at large know that I am the admired face of the East West Road. I can stand tall, anywhere and anytime to defend my administration as well as account for every dime that was allocated for the several projects we embarked upon”.