*Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (right) and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole
Embattled Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki who is up for reelection later in the year for a second term in office insisted on Tuesday that despite the “war” that is being waged against his candidacy by some interest groups in Edo State, he would seek reelection on the platform of the party that voted him into office – the All Progressive Congress (APC) party. We also gathered that the governor is planning to address members of the Obaseki Mandate Group OMG) among other supporters to that effect.
What is not hidden is that Obaseki is having a running battle with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who is allegedly plotting everything withing has powers to ensure that Obaseki was not returned as Governor. Ironically, Oshiomhole handed over to Obaseki after serving eight uninterrupted years in office. After handing over, Oshiomhole, became the National Chairman of the All progressive Congress (APC) party. But both men do not see eye-to-eye. Although both men tried to hide their dispute, but it got to a level where both men took their fight to the media.
Obaseki said several of his supporters had expressed interest in paying for his Expression of Interest (EoI) and nomination forms on any platform he chooses. However, he stated that he had already made up his mind to stick to the platform of the APC, which brought him into office to serve the Edo people. According to him, he was humbled by the kind gesture of Edo sons and daughters who put money together to pay for his forms and insisted that he was in politics to change the narrative about politics being a dirty game.
Obaseki was at the State House to present President Buhari his re-election form at the weekend from where we learnt he may have also used the opportunity to disabuse the mind of Buhari of whatever Oshiomhole may have planted in his mind especially since the APC governorship primaries has been scheduled for later this month. After the meeting with Buhari, Obaseki described the president as ‘his father,’ and hence, it would be wrong of him to take things for granted by assuming that it’s unnecessary to inform him (Buhari) about his re-election bid.