Edo Crisis: Obaseki pledges to crush godfatherism

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The Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that his agreement with Edo people was to fight godfatherism and that he was going to crush the ‘evil act”. The Governor’s spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, in a Statement stressed that Obaseki while hosting APC leaders in Oredo Local Government Area on Wednesday disclosed this.

He continued that the Governor Obaseki regretted that his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, who brought him into politics to fight godfatherism, had shifted from his earlier position.

He said, “Comrade Oshiomhole came to me, asking that we join forces to fight and bring an end to the practice of godfatherism in the state.

The partnership helped us in changing the narrative of development in the state. This led me into politics. I am into politics to better the lives of Edo people. We believed Oshiomhole and followed him to fight godfatherism.

“He said godfatherism is not good but today he is saying godfatherism is good. He said let the people lead but today he wants to lead the people, against their interest.”

Obaseki also said that Oshiomhole, who is the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot stop Governor Obaseki’s second term ambition. “The last time an incumbent ran for governorship in our party in the state, it was a consensus. It will happen again; we will all agree on consensus.

“Whether direct or indirect primary, you, the people, will vote. Our plan is on the election, not the primaries,” Obaseki said. Speaking further he said, “Our people have no business being poor but our leadership has brought us here. I am in politics to improve the life of Edo people. We have done more in three years with less resources. Imagine what will happen in eight years.

“I am not trained to abuse elders or my seniors. But we will not allow anything that will negatively affect Edo people. I will fight with everything to make life better for my people. God has continued to fight for us. All the strategies and antics against this government has failed. We will build this party and you will be the envy of all others who are not in our party but we are sure they will join us soon.”

The State APC chairman, Anslem Ojezua, at the meeting urged the ward leaders in Oredo to maintain their support for Obaseki.

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