APC Reaffirms Decision To Foil Godwin Obaseki second term Ambition

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, says the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, sacked the only commissioner he nominated into his cabinet. Oshiomhole, who is the immediate past governor of Edo State, said this during an interview on Channels Television on Saturday. He said the irony was that Obaseki took the drastic action after a reconciliatory meeting which was attended by some APC stalwarts including Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State. The APC chairman said, “We have no argument over money or appointment… In the meeting we held with four governors, including Governor Bagudu, I asked the governor, how many commissioners I nominated into his cabinet. He agreed that I only nominated one person out of more than 20 commissioners. “Not many Nigerians will believe that because for me I was out of government and I have convinced myself that the day I step out of government, that is it. After that first meeting, the governor decided to remove that one commissioner along with seven others. But that is not my business.” Oshiomhole, who has been at loggerheads with his successor in the last couple of months, said he was also disturbed that Obaseki decided to abandon some of his projects. The former, however, assured his successor that he was not under any threat. He said, “The governor can never tell you that I have interfered in his choice of projects and so on. The only thing I feel a bit worried about is that some of the projects we started together have been abandoned. There is no way to solve disagreements without talking to the aggrieved parties. “Let me assure you. This governor is not under threat. It is those who make money from crisis, those I call merchants of confusion, who can tell the governor that he wants to be impeached. What will I gain if Godwin does not run a second term?” Obaseki and Oshiomhole’s feud deepened in June when the former issued a letter of proclamation for the inauguration of the House of Assembly. The inauguration subsequently took place at night in the absence of lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole, thereby making it possible for those loyal to Obaseki to emerge as presiding officers of the Assembly. The move was said to have infuriated Oshiomhole and the APC leadership, causing the National Assembly to threaten to take over the state legislature. Oshiomhole’s brother, Seidu, was also violently attacked during the crisis that ensued.
Just a few days after an Obaseki family delegation paid a visit to the Secretary of the Edo APC, Lawrence Okah, whom the Governor is in an open feud with, at least five of other Godwin Obaseki’s brothers were seen at a meeting convened at the behest of Barrister Henry Idahagbon.

Idahagbon who is spearheading efforts by the party to shop for a more credible Governorship candidate come 2020 as against Godwin Obaseki having another term hosted a meeting of Edo APC leaders yesterday where Obaseki was roundly rejected.

In a recent interview, Barrister Henry Idahagbon, the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo state, described Godwin Obaseki as a clueless neophyte who has failed politically and administratively. He has championed efforts by the party to replace him at the ballot in 2020 with a better candidate who, he believes, has the capacity and temperament for leadership.

The attendance of the meeting with Barrister Henry by Godwin Obaseki’s brothers is an affirmation of the Governor’s rejection by his own family members who are both appalled at his poor governance style and personal conduct.

Those who made the list are Pastor Eki obaseki, Mr Osamede obaseki, Mr Victor Obaseki, Hon Benjamin Obaseki aka Ciger and Mr Ewere Obaseki. Apart from introducing them, Idahagbon called them out one after the other and asked them to have a handshake with Engr. Evbuomwan, who chaired the meeting.

As earlier reported, the widespread disaffection for the Governor by his own family members is connected to Godwin Obaseki’s arrogance and immaturity which led him to tell his late uncle, Justice Otutu Obaseki, that he deliberately avoids his own family over an assumption that every contact with them would lead to incessant begging.

For a man who has such a low view of his own ancestry and familial ties, it is not a surprise he is finding it difficult to have any true support now that he has been discovered a failure – and staring rejection in the eyes