- Adams Oshiomhole, the APC national chairman, says it is embarrassing that Governor Godwin Obaseki and some members of the party in Edo state refer to him as a godfather
- The APC national chairman dismisses claims that he is attempting to lord it over the Edo state politics
- Oshiomhole explains that he does not interfere in issues of governance in Edo state
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says he is embarrassed that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and some members of the party in the state could describe him as a godfather.
Oshiomhole in a television interview on Friday, December 20, dismissed claims that he is attempting to lord it over Edo state politics, Premium Times reports.
“My own embarrassment is when they say, Oshiomhole wants to be like a godfather,” he said.
The APC chairman explained that he does not interfere in the governance of Edo state, noting that he only at one time persuaded the Edo state governor to accept one commissioner from him.
“If I wanted to be, then I will be nominating commissioners. I only persuaded him (Obaseki) to accept one commissioner from me; only one and I gave my reasons- because he was a founding member of my campaign organisation in 2006, Mika. Other than Mika, I did not nominate any Commissioner, I did not nominate any Special Adviser, Special Assistant because for me these are governance issues. So where is the godfather role coming from?”
Oshiomhole stated that he has made efforts to ensure peace in the Edo chapter of the party by holding reconciliatory meetings between Governor Obaseki and some chieftains of the party.
In another report, Oshiomhole has given reasons why he would not allow Governor Obaseki to create a new political structure in Edo state.
He disclosed this at a rally organised to welcome an erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pastor Ize Iyamu into the APC in Edo state.
Tribune reports that Oshiomhole said Obaseki’s move to create an alternative power bloc in Edo state by deliberately stripping existing party leaders of their enormous influence in the APC Edo state chapter was the genesis of the cold war between him and the Edo state governor.
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