Governor Godwin Obaseki has warned former Governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to stay off in the forthcoming governorship primary in Edo State.
Governor Obaseki returned his nomination forms which will see him seek second term ticket as Edo State’s governor. Obaseki reminded Adams Oshiomole who is also the APC National Chairman telling him that he (Oshiomole) cannot superintend over the Edo state governorship primary, having declared his support for Obaseki’s opponents.
The Edo state governorship primary has been fixed for June 22, while the election proper is September 19.
Obaseki, who submitted his forms at the Secretariat accompanied by a handful of supporters said,
“In life everybody get helped, everybody get assisted. The person you talked about, he had no money when he left labour to contest. We knew what we did to make him Governor. I sacrificed eight years of my life pro bono, I collected no Kobo to serve him in Edo.”
“Today we know what we have built because of where we started from. So when you talk of betrayal, the biggest betrayal can be when people betray a cause, when they betray an idea.”
“That is the greatest betrayal of all. It is like betraying God. When you said to God, this is what I stand for and then God gives you power then you turn around and do the exact opposite. There is no greater betrayal than that.”
“So when you talk about betrayal let us be very clear. I want to put it on record that I am grateful, he assisted me just as I assisted him. I know the sacrifices we made to make him National Chairman. So what are we talking about?”
However, despite Obaseki’s feud with Oshiomole, the Governor said he is still open to peaceful, harmonious resolution of issues. He added;
“The reason why I went to see our National Leader is that I don’t want the party torn apart. I am a man of peace.”
“For me and my colleague governors we cannot see a party we built destroyed, we cannot see a ruling party be so weakened and whatever it will take to secure peace, to secure harmony in the party, we are prepared to, I am prepared to make.”
“That is why I joined my colleagues to go and see the leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to assure him that we are all working for the same course, we are all working to build our party.”
“From 26 States, we are now 20. We don’t want to lose anymore state, there is really no reason to. We should all drop our egos and work for our party and the unity of our country.”
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