Alliance for Social Watch yesterday has expressed deep concern over what it described as the persistent attack and attempt to denigrate and malign the character of the Personal Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, Mr Tijani Nwadei, simply referred to as TJ.
Coordinator of the group, Hanson Ighodalo, also condemned what it described as tribal sentiment, envy and hate against Obaseki’s aide on account of tribe all in a bid to damage his reputation.
In a statement by the coordinator, said the trending write up against TJ, just like several others before it, were not only nauseating, but carried with it divisive tendencies capable of pitching the people of Delta State against its brother, Edo State.
The group maintained that all this while, it had refused to be drawn into these reports especially in the social media against the person of Nwadei with the hope that the alleged sponsors will have a change of heart, but they seem to have come out stronger as the Edo State Governorship elections draws nearer.
“We will no longer watch as these people carry on embarrassing themselves all in the name of politics, but we will follow them up the way that we deem fit.
“For the avoidance of doubt, TJ as they refer to him, has made a mark and has continue to serve his principal to move Edo state forward irrespective of his tribe. As a body, we will continue to protect him against these selfish politicians who sees only the good about themselves and not about others, no matter how hard working such a person is.
“What sins has TJ, whom we have watched has continue to discharge his duty efficiently to the governor’s admiration and has found him suitable and a dependable aide.
“Or is it now a sin to the fact that he is from Delta State and as such should not be allowed to work in Edo State?
“Why do we always find it convenient to praise Asiwaju Tinubu to high heaven for his ability to work with people outside Lagos State and find it reprehensible when it is not in our favour.
“We are not unmindful of the fact that there are capable hands in Edo that can excel in the position Obaseki has placed TJ, but he (The Governor) has found it convenient to work with the young man and thus, should be allowed to breathe.
“We strongly advise politicians especially that of the opposition party in Edo to carry on with their campaign activities without necessarily dragging people’s names to the mud all in the name of politics,” Oghodalo stated.