The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo of anti-party activities, saying the governor is fomenting chaos to create disaffection in the state chapter of the APC, insisting that Obaseki had already perfected plans to dump the APC ahead of next year’s governorship poll. He has challenged Obaseki to focus on service delivery and good governance to the Edo people rather than blackmailing his personality.
“We have it on good authority that the governor (Obaseki) intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state, APC and probably dump the party for another party. That is why; he has embarked on this brigandage which Edo people will resist. So, he should stop blackmailing me and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power,” Oshiomhole said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, in Abuja.
But Governor Obaseki charged Oshiomhole to observe protocols while visiting Edo state. Obaseki, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, denied knowledge of the alleged attack on Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin City last Saturday. He recalled how Oshiomhole threatened to make Edo state ungovernable, adding he was planning to escalate the security situation in the state to make good his threats.
“Whenever he wants to come to the state, he does not inform the governor, the police or the DSS but the thugs. As a former governor, he ought to inform the governor and security agencies each time he desires to visit the state. The Commissioner of Police (CP), Dan Mallam Muhammed, has declared the state peaceful, but Oshiomhole and his cohorts are bent on making it ungovernable. Try as they would, l know the governor and security agencies would not allow that. As a former governor, Oshiomhole should not undermine the capacity and integrity of the police unless otherwise he is looking for anarchy,” he stated. He charged government functionaries and political office holders to be circumspect in their comments on the allegations of attack on Oshiomhole’s residence in the state.
But in a swift reaction, Oshiomhole indicted the Police Commissioner, saying he has now become a willing tool in the hands of desperate politicians in the state, insisting that Obaseki had already perfected plans to dump the APC ahead of next year’s governorship poll. In a statement, Oshiomhole claimed the resolve by Obaseki to fan the embers of discord in Edo state among supporters of the party was aimed at achieving the objective. Oshiomhole, who spoke through his media aide, Simon Ebegbulem claimed Obaseki must have picked a quarrel with him over his enviable records in the state.
Meanwhile, a former chairman of Ovia North East Council Area, Faustain Ovienrioba yesterday said he and his over 3000 supporters were ready to work towards ensuring success for Obaseki’s re-election. Ovienrioba who led his supporters back to the APC declared his intention at a meeting with Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, saying his support for the party was total. He noted that next year’s governorship election would be a walkover for Obaseki in view of the governor’s pedigree, saying continuity for Obaseki was non-negotiable due to APC’s development strides in the state.
Also, APC leader in the Council Area and Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Monday Osaigbovo, said people were proud of Obaseki’s development strides and would return him for a second term. Speaking, Shaibu noted that the progress so far made in the state would not be put on reverse gear by anybody or group of persons. He stated that the decision of the former PDP members to defect and align with the state government at a time when there was crisis in the APC showed that government does not reverse its policies because of people who do not understand what leadership entails
Besides, the governor yesterday sacked all political appointees in the state’s 18 councils. A government statement said all special advisers, senior special assistants, secretaries to the local governments and supervisory councilors were affected. Earlier this month, Obaseki sacked over 300 political appointees while four council chairmen, namely Eghe Ogbemudia (Egor); Patrick Aguinede, (Esan West); Alhaji Yakson Musa (Etsako West); and Aremiyau Momoh of Etsako East had been suspended for alleged corrupt activities.