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July 8, 2012

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole was born on 4 April 1953 at Iyanmoh, near Auchi in Edo State. He was born Muslim but was led to Christianity by his late wife Clara. He is Catholic and his Christian name is Eric. After his secondary education, he obtained a job with the Arewa Textiles Company, where he was elected union secretary. He became a full-time trade union organizer in 1975. He then studied at Ruskin College, Oxford in the United Kingdom where he majored in economics and industrial relations. He also attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

In 1982, Adams Oshiomhole was appointed General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, a union with over 75,000 workers. After democracy was restored in 1999, he became president of the Nigerian Labour Congress. Early in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo he negotiated a 25% wage increase for public sector workers. In return he publicly supported Obasanjo and endorsed his candidacy when he was re-elected in 2003. The Textile union elected Oshiomhole for a second term as General Secretary, while he continued as president of the NLC.

The relationship with Obasanjo turned sour as neglect of local oil refineries led to reliance on imported gasoline, followed by rises in the price of fuel. Oshiomhole led strikes and demonstrations against the increases. He faced arrests, tear gas and temporary blockades of union offices, and Obasanjo introduced legislation to make it more difficult for the NLC to strike. The NLC alleges that on 9 October 2004 Oshiomhole was abducted by State Security Services during a protest, but the Nigerian government say he submitted to voluntary custody. Oshiomhole represented African Workers for two terms on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), serving on the committee on Freedom of Association. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

In April 2007, Adams Oshiomhole ran for Governor of Edo State under the Action Congress Party, with which his Labour Party had entered a strategic alliance. Oserheimen Osunbor of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the winner. However, the AC contested the election on the basis of various irregularities. On March 20, 2008, an Edo State election tribunal nullified the election of Oserheimen Osunbor and declared Oshiomhole the winner. On November 11, 2008, a federal Appeal Court sitting in Benin City upheld the ruling of the state’s elections petitions tribunal, declaring Oshiomole to be the Governor of Edo State. The decision was based on several voting irregularities.

The old ways of doing things would no longer work hence, it’s time for a new generation of leadership and Edo State is blessed to have no other person than Governor Oshiomhole to lead the State into the promise land. He has already started the journey, and it’s our duty to see that he completes his great plans by electing him into the office for the second term come July 14, 2012.

My unreserved endorsement of Governor Adams Oshiomhole is based on the glaring fact that he has shown that he has extraordinary gifts of leadership and character, which make him the person that can deliver Edo State at this moment of history.

The governor is a very intelligent and God fearing leader who is irrevocably committed to bettering the lot of the average residents of Edo State. He has provided free education to pupils whose parents are from diverse parts of the country, with free textbooks also provided for the use of such pupils. The students of the Amrose Alli University, Ekpoma are enjoying an unprecedented reduction in school fees, from the astronomical fees impose on the students by previous administrations in the state.

There is indeed no area or sector that has not felt the impact of the transformational leadership of Governor Adams Oshiomhole since he was sworn in.

I also recognize the fact that, the comrade governor is able to achieve all he has done during his first term in office, because he has followed the manifesto of His great party, The Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, faithfully, and he has put Edo state along the path of positive change and progress just like all ACN’s controlled states.

I have the sincere belief that Governor Oshiomhole’s knowledge and experience in the labour world and even in the last couple of years as governor, stand him apart from any other contestant by miles, and make him the best person to lead Edo state for the next four years.

The governor has, indeed, shown even to the greatest of foes that he has unrivaled skills in matters of Edo state’s economic and infrastructural development and doing so with so much passion and commitment that all true sons of Edo State are well pleased. New roads are being commissioned regularly across the state and old roads are re-built. Schools are renovated.

I am firmly convinced that Oshiomhole’s securing a second term in Edo State will be beneficial to all stakeholders and consequently urged every stakeholders to give the governor support in the election of July 14 by voting massively for the comrade governor and ACN.

Written by Aruviere Martin Egharhevwa

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Ewere Esther permalink
    July 10, 2012 18:37

    Edo state governor you go still wine again no shaking.Becos you are the son of the soil no man can be agast you.

  2. Isaac permalink
    July 10, 2012 19:27

    Pls. reporter I want you to define some term that embrace you and your governor.what is insincerity? What was aau sch. Fees before oshomhole? What is the fee now?

  3. Dr.henunumwen murphy permalink
    July 12, 2012 09:50

    Adams is a man with good heart n also having the fear of God. And any body that is having the fear of God lead is people well. So adams is the rigth man.thank u.

  4. rosemary permalink
    July 12, 2012 14:44

    i wish u gud luck

  5. odion permalink
    July 12, 2012 19:12

    My prayer for u is dat God will help you, because will rely need somebody like u in edo state. so good luck

  6. Hashim permalink
    July 14, 2012 14:02

    OGa Adam u wil win the governor again becouse u are so nice to people

  7. ADEX permalink
    July 15, 2012 14:59


  8. Harry permalink
    August 4, 2012 18:59

    I luv him so much. Bt is d rumor dat he didnt go 2 school true?

  9. Actor idogei permalink
    August 5, 2012 18:28

    Pipo called me oshio bcos i tell pipo about his gud work. He wil win, win and win nd win. ACN!!!!!! HAMMER!!!!!! GBI

  10. Ebengho, S. O. Chief permalink
    October 25, 2012 14:15

    He went to school, as yu can see here. J. E. E. E., Esq.

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