Valentine Asuen lied against Edo dep gov, Shaibu -Media Aide

Chief Press Secretary to Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, Mr. Ebomhiana Musa, has described as untrue, allegations against his boss by Valentine Asuen, an Edo South senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Asuen, who is into oil and as business had accused Shaibu of using of his position to choke people in that business to create a monopoly in the petrol business by using his position to assault oil marketers.

Musa in a statement on Wednesday, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the malicious statement made by one Valentine Asuen, also known as DVD against the person and office of Edo State Deputy Governor, Shaibu.

“The said statement is riddled with puerile conjectures, infantile lies, belly-aching, outright misinformation and imbecilic bigotry.

“Valentine  Asuen claimed without evidence that Shaibu confiscated two of his fuel trucks and made him part with N6million before the trucks were released.

Valentine Asuen

“He claimed that the action was politically motivated and an attempt to destroy his business. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As a member of that taskforce, I’m in a position to put the records straight without.

The Facts
“On November 6, 2023 the Edo State Government set up a Task Force charged with the task of decongesting major roads in Benin metropolis and ensure the free flow of traffic.

“The Task Force was further charged with the task of dismantling illegal Truck Parks along highways that are aggravating  the traffic congestion and causing damage to our roads.

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“This Task force was chaired by Oluwole Iyamu, SAN (then Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice).

“Its members included the heads of the following government agencies; PUWOV, EDSTMA and Ministry of Physical Planning, CSO Government House, amongst others.

“In the course of doing their job along Muritala Muhammed Way, close to 3rd East Circular junction , 12 trucks belonging to different petrol dealers were found violating traffic regulations, converting a portion of the public road to a private Truck Park and causing wilful  physical damage to a  long stretch of the road.

Trucks impounded, kept in government custody by EDSTMA

“The Trucks were impounded and kept in government custody by EDSTMA, pending further investigation and prosecution. It was later discovered that two of the trucks belonged to Valentine Asuen; The law however is no respecter of persons.

“As it is the tradition with Edo State Government, the option of paying for repairs of wilful damage to government property as plea bargain against prosecution was activated and supervised by the Attorney General who was the Chairman of the Task Force.

“The Ministry of Physical Planning got a number of firms to quote for the job. A reputable firm, Macfrankly Nig Ltd got the bid for the reconstruction of the damaged portion of the road. The cost burden was shared by the different owners of the trucks.

“Valentine Asuen however imagined himself bigger than the law and due process. He approached the Deputy Governor to bend the law, the Deputy Governor refused as it was against his oath of office and his commitment to rule of law.

“Valentine claimed in his press Statement that he called the Deputy Governor’s wife more than fifty times to intervene but she could not because the law is no respecter of anyone.

“The Deputy Governor’s position was that if cab drivers who caused damages to electric poles due to reckless driving are made to pay by Government, why should he intervene to save his millionaire friend whose trucks caused damage to public infrastructure and contravenes traffic regulations.

“Would his intervention not have made him an accomplice? Would it have been fair to the other persons whose trucks were also involved?

“This is the offence that was termed by Asuen as political witch-hunting, ethnic profiling and an attempt to kill his business.

“Asuen who was a candidate for office at that time preferred that his company was not prosecuted and settled the issue by paying as others did for repair work.

“After his disastrous political outing, he is now fishing for public sympathy and rehabilitation. He imagined wrongly that attacking the Deputy Governor’s reputation with tissue of lies and untrue ethnic gas-lighting would help him revive a jaundiced political career.

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“He imagined that becoming an opportunistic sycophant would make him new friends in high places on the altar of ethnic bigotry and small mindedness.

“What he needs is to humble himself, commit genuinely to serving Edo people and not his insatiable greed, petulant penchant for eye service.

After disastrous political outing, he is fishing for public sympathy, rehabilitation

“Asuen who was a candidate for office at that time preferred that his company was not prosecuted and settled the issue by paying as others did for repair work. After his disastrous political outing, he is now fishing for public sympathy and rehabilitation.

“He imagined that becoming an opportunistic sycophant would make him new friends in high places on the altar of ethnic bigotry and small mindedness.

“What he needs is to humble himself, commit genuinely to serving Edo people and not his insatiable greed, petulant penchant for eye service and cheap blackmail.

It is strange that almost a year after the event and without provocation, Asuen would make this curious and spurious allegation aimed at undermining the good standing of our highly esteemed Deputy Governor in the estimation of reasonable members of our united Edo.

“His infantile and shallow press statement has shown that he was never a material for the High office of Senate to represent the very intelligent and cultured people of Edo South.

“It can now be said that Edo South dodged a bullet. He may wish to start climbing the ladder of politics and business by taking essential tutorials in altruistic statesmanship and perfecting all his business documents and licences.

“We demand an unreserved apology from Asuen otherwise we institute a legal action against him,” he added.

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