The Nigeria Association for Public Opinion Research (NAFORPOR) has written an open letter to the Nigeria Police Force, DSS and the National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) calling for the immediate arrest, investigation and suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his cohorts from the APC for allegedly visiting the residence of the incumbent Senator representing Edo North to issue death threats and death wishes.
They group vowed to integrate several Civil Society Organisations to protest against the unguarded utterances and death wish to Senator Francis Alimikhena by Adams Oshiomhole and his team during their late night visit to the Senator in his residence on Thursday.
“Unless Oshiomhole is arrested and made to apologise and withdraw his death wish through various National Papers this issue will end up in Court and Edo North APC will not have peace”, NAFORPOR said.
It was gathered that one Mr. Fred Omogberai, who was on the entourage of Oshiomhole to the Senator’s residence in Abuja, boldly told him that he, Senator Francis Alimikhena, should be happy that he has not died in office.
The unguarded utterance was said to have gotten the Senator angry and he promptly raised his voice against them for coming to his house to threaten him with death.
He repeatedly told them “ I am not stepping down! I am not stepping down!!. Let us meet on the field. Did I ask any of you to come to my house? Did I invite you people here? I will walk you all out of my house. I am not stepping down”.
The Association, however, frowned at the death wish and threats, seeking to know what Oshiomhole and his entourage stood to benefit from the death of a kinsman and an APC member.
It maintained that wishing an elected, loving, generous, hard working and serving Senator dead just for personal political ambition. was the height of irresponsibility and called on the Nigeria Police to take a closer look at the utterances and late night visit of Adams Oshiomhole and his cohorts to the residence of the Senator with such evil intention.
According to NAFORPOR, the forthcoming general election was not about Oshiomhole but about the survival of the All Progressives Congress in Edo North, saying thatOshiomhole had killed APC in Edo State by forcing Obaseki out of the party and now attempting to force the only high ranking elected officer of the party in the entire Edo State out of the party.
It stated that the exit of Senator Alimikhena from the APC for the sake of Oshiomhole would mark the end of the party in the state because he had single handedly borne the financial burden of the party in the State in the past years.
Speaking through its Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Comfort Aliu, the organisation said the incumbent Edo North Senator, who had performed and exceeded public expectations, if not fielded to return to the Senate, would affect the chances of APC winning in the main election in 2023.
“Oshiomhole is a polarizing figure and a dictator who wants only his will accomplished even when his actions are overbearing on the masses. The Senatorial ambition of Oshiomhole has been rejected even by his own kinsmen.
“If indeed Oshiomhole truly believes that the masses are not with Senator Francis Alimikhena then why did Oshiomhole go to his house to plead with him to step down? Why is Oshiomhole claiming to be a lion outside when he does not possess same status in his hometown? A man that was once suspended by his people cannot be trusted by the same people in any public office”, the group said.