The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has accused Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of lying over his actual date of birth.
Chief Dan Orbih, State Chairman of PDP, made the accusation at a press briefing on Monday in Benin.
Orbih was reacting to the recent celebration of the governor's 60th birthday, which Orbih said should have been 61th birthday as the governor's official birthday was April 4, 1952.
According to Orbih, Oshiomhole has consistently claimed 1953 as the year of his birth
“But sometimes in May, 2012, Oshiomhole deposed to an affidavit in an Edo High Court that he was born on April 4, 1952.
“In the history of the world, no one was born two times. But this is happening in Edo State.
“This, to us is perjury. This to us is unacceptable. This to us is labour rascality. You can never deepen democracy on falsehood or by telling lies to the people,'' he said.
Orbih stressed the need for Bishop Matthew Kukah? to conduct a confession mass for Oshiomhole.
“The documents we have in our possession are enough to send Oshiomhole to prison,” Orbih said.
According to him, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Alhaji Salisu Buhari and late Senate President, Chief Evans Enwerem were duly sanctioned for? a similar offence.
The PDP chairman called on Oshiomhole to resign in honour and hand over to the Deputy Governor in light of the alleged inconsistencies in his year of birth.
Orbih further said that in view of this alleged deceit, Oshiomhole could never be seen as deepening democracy for public welfare.
Reacting to the allegation, the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Mr Kassim Afegbua, said that this is the first time Oshiomhole was marking his birthday.
“Actually when Oshiomhole saw 60 years celebration on printed documents, he was disappointed saying he was 61 not 60 years.
“The error was from the printers. Governor Oshiomhole is 61 years old. It is difficult to amend the invitation cards and other documents which were already distributed.
“He had never claimed 60 years, he corrected the mistakes in some of the daily newspapers like The Sun,'' Afegbua said.
He said the PDP in Edo was capitalising on the error to seek public attention.