By Patrick Ebojele,Benin
FUGAR in Etsako Central local government area of Edo State on Tuesday was thrown into jubilation following the sack of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe.
Our correspondent learnt that on hearing of the news of the forced resignation, Oghiadomhe’s kinsmen including market women, youths and some aged men danced round the community centre.
It was gathered that the crowd sang in their local dialect and commended President Jonathan for taking what they considered to be a bold decision by relieving Oghiadomhe of his appointment, which they said was long overdue.
Their jubilation, according to sources, stemmed from the fact that the former strongman in the presidency had not attracted any meaningful development to the area since his appointment as Chief of Staff.
Oghiadomhe is a former deputy governor of the state.
Some of his people also claimed Fugar had witnessed retrogression in terms of development since his appointment as Chief of Staff.
They maintained that the only visible legacy in the community was brought by the late former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe, whose praises they sang to high heavens.
They urged other political officeholders in the community to emulate the virtues of the formal Naval chief.
“We were happy when we heard the news. Of what relevance is Oghiadomhe to Fugar people whom he had neglected? Rather, he used his position to oppress and intimidate our poor people. Look at what late Akhigbe did for us. Sadly, Oghiadomhe prefers to keep enmity with a man (Akhigbe) who brought him to reckoning in Edo State until his death. For us, his sack is a welcome development.”
Oghiadomhe was reportedly sacked for his alleged involvement in the non-remittance of full oil proceeds to the Federation Account by the Nigeria Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He was also said to have breached protocol by sidelining the Sokoto State Governor Aliyu Wamakko during President Jonathan’s visit last Saturday to Sokoto.
Oghiadomhe was also alleged to have stalled Niger State royal fathers’ planned thank you visit to the President over the Zungeru power project among other infractions.
The Presidency, however, explained that Oghiadomhe’s decision to quit was to enable him pursue his political ambition even though no election is known to be around the corner in Edo State.