By DADA AYOKHAI
The political feud between former APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his estranged godson, Hon Philip Shaibu, took a more dangerous dimension as Shaibu’s Jattu kinsmen barred the APC campaign team from holding their rally in the community.
The Oshiomhole/Shaibu face off has pitched a purported godfather against his political godson, resulting in the political realignment of forces in Edo North senatorial district.
As part of its campaign tour of wards in the state, the APC team had berthed in jattu , the administrative headquarter of Uzairue clan, hoping to drum up support for the party ahead of the September 19th guber poll. Hon Shaibu and Comrade Oshiomhole hail from Uzairue clan.
Aggrieved Jattu youths, probably in solidarity with their son over the lingering face off between the two Uzairue political gladiators, prevented the APC campaign train from holding a rally in the community.
Earlier, some Jattu youths, numbered in hundreds and apparently opposed to the rally, poured into the streets and set up bonfires at various sections and quarters leading into the town, chanting unsavoury songs in their local dialect to depict that Oshiomhole is not welcome to the community.
Sensing that trouble was brewing and not wanting to stoke the fire any further, the APC campaign train, led by Comrade Oshiomhole, beat a quick tactical retreat and relocated their campaign to a remote part on the outskirt of the community.
The “banishment” by Jattu youths significantly truncated turnout at the rally, making it the first of such in Uzairue political history when the comrade governor would address the scantiest crowd of party followers.
According to some Jattu residents, the action of Jattu youths was a kind of reprisal to the humiliation the deputy governor and his campaign team suffered in hands of APC supporters in Apana, headquarters of Oshiomhole’s ward, where they had gone to campaign.
Before now, Jattu usually comes alive whenever news of Oshiomhole’s visit filters into the town. However, the high level of disdain and opposition Jattu indigenes exhibited against the planned APC rally, pundits have wondered if the charismatic former labour leader has not completely lost his appeal and popularity among the people in the ancient town.
Addressing the scanty crowd of supporters who braved the early morning youths protests and sudden change of venue, Comrade Oshiomhole, apparently sobered by the turn of events, carefully chose his words and put the blame for the disorderliness on the Uzairue monarch for seeking to divide the kingdom through his support for the state’s deputy governor.
Comrade Oshiomhole told the gathering that more than any other governor in the history of the state, he did a lot for Jattu, adding it’s regretable the way the community chose to repay his good deeds