Gov Obaseki of Edo State
Governor Godwin Obaseki is not facing stiff opposition from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP which is the main opposition party in the state, but rather from his own party, the All Progressive Congress, APC Edo state.
A faction of his own party has now come out to boldly declare that the incumbent governor does not deserve a second term in office. This was a reaction to governor Obaseki’s earlier declaration calling on the Edo people to give him a second term ticket because he deserves it.
Obaseki was speaking when he received the Nigeria Union of Teachers’ best performing governor award for 2019. He said he had fulfilled most of his promise made to the people during his campaign and therefore called for the people support for the second term in office.
The governor was said to have irked some party stalwarts who are not favourable dispose to his re-election bid when he declares that his second term was non-negotiable.
The APC leaders in the state under the aegis of the Edo Peoples Movement came out guns blaring denouncing the governor and insisting that he did not deserve a second term as a result of poor performance. They insisted that they are already shopping for a new and credible candidate to carry the flag of the party in 2020.
However, responding to the threat of the APC the governor said “No individual can determine who will become governor. Only God and the people can make the decision”
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“I have said it clearly and I told my cabinet members that the second term for me is non-negotiable. I am demanding it because I deserve it and I think I have earned it. We need to have it so we can continue what we are doing today.”
The battle line is said to have been drawn between Governor Obaseki and the Edo Peoples’ Movement who now represent an opposition with the ruling APC party structure.
The group in a subsequent statement insisted that the governor will not return for a second term. The group has called on the state chairman of the party Mr. Anselem Ojezua to resign saying he had failed to solve the crisis bedeviling the party.
In a statement signed by a former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives. Sampson Osagie and a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun the group said Governor Obaseki has not given a good,tangible and acceptable account of his stewardship three years into his administration, adding that he merely attempted to spoil the APC brand by employing deceitful tactics to give Edo people the impression that he is performing whereas his administration is “more of the more you look the less you see”
According to them, “Governor Obaseki exhibited the highest degree of infidelity to Edo people and the APC by Abandoning projects he participated in sourcing for funds and then turned around to blackmail the same government that started those projects.”