Days ago, Gov. Godwin Obaseki was explicitly announced ineligible to express his second term ambition in the platform of the All Progressives Congress by the screening committee for issues related to his certification.
In recent times, this decision has greeted plethora of public opinions, reactions and counter reactions from party stakeholders and faithful.
Leaders from Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have said that it would have been a disaster for the party if Gov. Godwin Obaseki was allowed to bear the flag of APC in the gubernatorial election slated for September.
In a statement yesterday, the bigwigs posited that the wide celebration of Obaseki’s disqualification is an indicator that the candidature of the embattled governor would have cost the party victory in the forthcoming election.
They alleged that the Obaseki-led government had made life difficult and almost unbearable for party members and Edo people in the last three and half years.
They said: “Those who are complaining about the disqualification of Godwin Obaseki don’t know what is happening in Edo State. The wide and huge jubilation that greeted the decision of the party on Friday, is a testimony to the fact that majority of our party’s members are happy with the party.
“A candidature of Godwin Obaseki would have led to our party’s major defeat in the September governorship election. Here was a man who said that our national chairman and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, must take permission from him before entering the state.
“Here was a man with his many atrocities, who refused to inaugurate 14 APC members of House of Assembly, stated arrogantly that his second term was not negotiable. It would have been a disaster if he was allowed to contest election under our party.’’
The party stalwarts also scourged the governor for the attack on state lawmakers by suspected thugs loyal to the state government, sacking of eight commissioners and special advisers loyal to Oshiomhole, litigation against the nomination of former Deputy Governor Pius Odubu as Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) chairman, and illegal removal of council chairmen.
They also mentioned how Obaseki sealed up the hotel belonging to one of the party’s youth leaders, Comrade Osakpomwan Eriyo, adding that he also ordered the seizure of his working equipment, including caterpillars and excavators.
They also accused the governor of banning political rallies and gatherings by threatening to revoke certificates of occupancy of venues hosting such gatherings.
His other “sins,” they said, include confrontation to the defection of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to APC, lying against Oshiomhole that he was pushing for his impeachment, instigating thugs to attack Prof. Julius Ihonvbere’s constituency office, threatening to deal with Oshiomhole and demolition of the hotel belonging to Comrade Tony Kabaka Adun.
“If Godwin Obaseki thinks he is popular, let him go and contest election in other parties. With Obaseki out of our way, APC’s victory in the governorship election will be very sweet,” they said.
The statement was signed by;
Benson Edosonman (Edo South Senatorial Leader)
Chief Francis Inegbeniki (Edo Central Senatorial Leader)
Chief Simon Omofuma (Leader)
Hon David Iyoha (former Speaker, Edo House of Assembly)
Hon Thomas Okosun (former Chairman ACN, and former Speaker EDHA)
Mrs Elizabeth Ativie (former Speaker EDHA)
Prince Malik Afegbua, (member APC, BoT)
Washington Osifo (member-elect, EDHA)