Oshiomhole’s son joins race for House of Reps seat

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole Photo: NewsForward

The number of aspirants seeking to fill the vacant Etsako Federal Constituency seat has swelled as Edo State is now awash with the posters of Cyril Oshiomhole, the first son of the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.

The seat became vacant after Philip Shaibu, former occupant, was elected deputy governor of the state last September.

Since the swearing of the Mr. Shaibu as deputy governor, a number of heavy weights in the Edo State politics, particularly in the Etsako area, comprising three local governments, have indicated their interest to run for the office.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state had earlier informed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of the vacancy, but no schedule has been made for the conduct of the election into the office.

Other APC aspirants include Johnson Oghuma, former member of the state assembly; Blessing Agbomhere, former governorship aspirant; John Akhigbe, former executive director, protocol under Mr. Oshiomhole; Waziri Erameh, Professor of Opthamology, University of Benin; Luqman Mohammed, former member of the state assembly; and Joseph Ugheoke, former commissioner for lands and survey.

Donald Oboh, also a former commissioner for lands and survey, is aspiring on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Cyril’s posters were seen pasted in strategic locations in Auchi and other major communities in Etsako East, Central and West Local Government Areas.

The posters have also been extended to Benin City, specifically in front of Denis Osadebe Government House as well as the state secretariat of the APC.

The Chairman of the APC in the state, Anslem Ojezua, said on Sunday that the party was yet to invite aspirants to pick forms to indicate their interest in the office.

“We have to notify INEC for the vacancy and that we have done; but INEC is yet to give us a timetable for the election,” he said.

“We cannot begin to speak on who is interested right now because we have not even invited anybody to collect forms to indicate interest in the office.”

Mr. Ojezua also could not confirm if the former governor’s son had joined the race, saying unless Cyril himself, announces his intention, it would be difficult to ascertain whether he had joined race.

“Even with posters, you cannot tell if he is the one that owns the posters,” he said. Mischief makers could be pushing the posters out.”


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  • Say the truth

    Oshiomonkey son will win. Since his father is the new king maker and godfather of Edo politics nobody can match the boy. That is how things work in Nigeria. Fathers put their children everywhere they like without challenge. Tinubu’s children and in laws are fixed. Lai Muhammed from Kogi state has his son occupying assembly seat in Lagos state.

    • NOI sucks

      Not only in Nigeria, if he is competent, I don’t see why he should not, sadly, Nigerians are backward thinking and don’t demand for accountability, check out the Kennedy’s in US politics. His son may loose afterall.

      • Otile

        If he loses know ye that Imam Buhari has worked hard to eliminate election rigging.

  • Paul Irumundomon

    Dear Nigerian Youth who wants to die for Nigerian politicians especially that youth who will fight everyone when his political hero (CRIMINALS) are criticized. I have a message for you. Inside this private jet, (I DONT HAVE ENOUGH CREDIT, TO INCLUDE THE PICTURES) you will see the billionaire son Ahmed Indimi of billionaire Mohammed Indimi (he is the one in front to the right looking at the camera) who just married Zahra, Buhari’s daughter, to his left, also in front, is his brother, Maikanti, who is married to Aisha Dangote and behind them in light blue is Babagana Sherrif, he is the brother of former Borno governor Ali Modu Sheriff and he is married to president Buhari’s daughter, Halima, the one who just finished from law school. Take a second look at your destiny as the children of the politicians have already arranged their own destinies. In this photo, you will see people from PDP and APC background from different tribes from different states but they are all united because the elite is all one big family. They do not care about you, your parents, because they have raped them. They do not care about you, your children, if you have children, their future and the future of your next generation.

    • Tell Them

      I agree with you. The politicians are a band of criminals who hoodwink the majority of gullible poor and ‘arrange’ the wealth only for themselves and family leaving the larger populace with nothing.

      This Cyril went to School abroad on state resources. And guess what:
      …He did not write Jamb, did not fo through the stress
      …He has no experience of the poor toilet facilities in Nigerian Universities
      …Has never worked the streets of Nigeria looking for jobs …and may not even know how to write a CV or formal application
      …Has never experienced power outage (Because NLC and/or Edo state govt supplied a private generator to his father
      …Has never experience University strike by Lecturers
      …Eats imported rice
      …Spends vacations abroad by flying 1st Class on state resources (even if he tells you his father paid for it)
      …etc, etc

      How then can this REPRESENT the masses? What does he know about the suffering of the people?…except to continue the pilferage.

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  • paul irumundomon

    Oshomole can afford to pay delegates 500,000 naira each. The loans Edo state government took, half went with oshomole. That is the new change, apc brought to Nigeria

  • Izemwingie

    Politics in Nigeria has become Family business. These good for nothing ploiticians prepare their wives, children and relatives for political appointments and the circle of evil and misrule continues unabated…and they entice the gullible citizenry capitalizing on their poverty of the mind and in many cases monetary poverty. We have also seen how the Saraki Family has made Kwara a personal merchandize. How can one Cyril just wake up and say he is going to house of Reps? Now we know why his Father does not want Nigeria to break up…We now know why he tell Nigerians that Buhari’s govt is the best and why he has suported the suffering and the increase in petrol/gasoline prices which he doggedly fought against on the streets while leading Nigerians and the Labour Congress in protests as the Labour Leader. But having tasted public position, he has become indoctrinated…

    I enjoin the Edo people and the Etsako people in particular to REJECT this Cyril. Don’t vote for him. Why did he not contest while his Father was yet to become a Governor? Let him apply online for the Buhari’s teachers scheme and earn N30,000 per month like other Nigerians. He-deort!

    • musa aliero

      It’s normal if he wants to run! Stop this your envy! See the George bush family or the kennedys of America

      • Umoru Yak

        Maybe that is why Kennedy was assassinated. And maybe that is why 2 failed attempts were made at George Bush’s Senior’s life. And it was George Bush who glorified terrorism and caused all the peace in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia and lets not forget how the US troops were disgraced from Somali land. America! – Truly a slave who loves his chains remains a slave in perpetuity. The Etsako people should ignore any person related directly or remotely to Oshiomhole for any political position. Let d govt monies go round to another family. This would ensure wealth distribution. Period!

      • PRINCE

        are we in America? You should have mentioned Angola, Congo, Equitorial Guinea etc where politicians sponsor family members to enrich the families and impoverish the rest of the population by making state funds a family enterprise. This is new Nigeria. Such practices should be resisted.

  • musa aliero

    Look at the bush family and the kenedys there is nothing wrong in the boy running as long as he is competent

    • McDoe

      You are wrong. In fact there is everything WRONG, in fact IRRITATING that he is contesting as a son of a former Governor. This is why poverty is widespread in Nigeria and the rich gets richer. His father already had life pension running into millions as just signed into law in a gestapo and criminal style by the Edo state govt which his father presided over. And since he is first son, an heir by inheritance, his wealth and well being is already assured from state funds. BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT they are never satisfied. He wants to come and chop his own. His father will tell him to come on, then INTRODUCE him to the politicians …and that is it. Is politics business? Like @Izewingie has posted, let this Cyril apply online for Buhari’s teaching job and earn N30,000/Month. Do you have any problems with that?