PGF DG Salihu Lukman replies Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole and Lukman
Oshiomhole and Lukman

The Director General, Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman has replied former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for attacking him.

He simply said he held Oshiomhole in high esteem and would not join issues with him.

Oshiomhole had on Monday tongue-lashed Lukman, likening him to a pig and an empty brain.

Lukman had suggested that Oshiomhole in embarking on Edo governorship campaign wanted to re-contest the APC chairmanship.

But Oshiomhole said: “it takes an empty brain to suggest that I only want to stage a come back to become the national chairman. For what? To go and do a reset?”

Reacting to Oshiomhole’s comment on him on Tuesday, Lukman said he should be held accountable for all the comments made, as he was not a voice for any Governor.

“You are all aware of the statement attributed to the former National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. I want to make two brief statements as a rider to what I will call an appeal. The first statement is to say very unequivocally that I hold Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in a very high esteem.

“I respect him, not just as a leader of APC, but as a person. I have had very good relationship with him and my relationship with him is special. My relationship with him is not in the way people imagined. The question of agreeing or disagreeing has been part of our relationship. I respect him and I respect every leader of the party.

“My prayer and hope is that our leaders will be able to have the needed large heart to tolerate one another and tolerate all of us because as human beings, God has created us differently. And it is the basis of the test of leadership – to be able to show an open, accommodating disposition to each one of us,” he said.

He added that “The second statement I want to make is that I grew up in a very complex extended family set up and one of the things it has done in terms of my personal make up is that it imposes on me to be accountable at every point in time.

“When I commit an offence, based on my upbringing in that environment, I never transfer any of my offences to my parents or to any of my senior ones. I was always made to account and where there is the need as part of that accountability for me to be punished, I get punished. Having said that, I am open and ready to account for whatever I had said to the party and the leadership; if in the end the process of accountability requires that I get sanctioned, I will accept and I will remain in this party and continue to contribute in whatever way I can to help the development of the party.”




  1. Don’t mind him. He is running to Buhari to help him rig Edo election forgetting that Edo people have sworn to high heavens that Obaseki MUST complete his 8 years term.

  2. Right from the moment Oshiomole was removed as APC national chairman, he has been conducting himself in the most responsible manner. Even his adversaries that ploted his removal will testify to this. No abuses or reckless statements to anybody on his removal and that is a leadership for you.
    But one Lukman who also doubled as DG of Progressive governors has been making reckless, irratiinal and irresponsible settlements concerning Oshiomole. Now that he has been tongue lashed, the man now remembered that he needs to be sensible, responsible and use discretion when talking to a leader in the public.
    This man made alots of divisive statements in order for APC to lose Edo election and he also made futile attempt to destroy the symbol and mobiliser of support for the party in the state. But unfortunately, his employers failed to caution him on time until Oshiomole rubbished and tongue lashed them together that they regain their common sense.

  3. Now we can see the difference between a civilised person (Lukman) and an “Agbero” (Oshiomhole)

  4. Lukman, you are really a pig and an empty brain. All along, you have been running your mouth as if you had diarrhoea of the mouth, but now that Oshomobile has placed you where you belong, you are talking of respect. Where is the respect for Oshomole is all your usual trash that you spew out to the media. Arrant nonsense

  5. APC regretting ever making this ugly , uneducated shameless area boy ADAMS OF SHAME OLE’ the chairman of their great party.

  6. What a statement of a responsiblle leader who is interested in putting Country and Party first. I do respect and put you in high esteem. I pray that wisdom and carefuness will see this APC through it is difficulties.

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