- Governor Obaseki said he would remain in the APC no matter the situation he finds himself
- Obaseki is seeking second term in office for another four years
- But there have been strong oppositions to his ambition by the leaders of the party in the state
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has foreclosed defecting to another party to pursue his second term ambition despite opposition to his reelection bid by his predecessor and national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and other chieftains from the state.
This Day reports that Obaseki said on Tuesday, June 2, in Abuja, that no matter the challenges, he would contest the forthcoming governorship election on the platform of the APC.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” explaining that “the war has become very tough,” but “men would be separated from the boys.”
The Oshiomhole camp in the state chapter of the party has adopted a former secretary to the state government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who recently defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to slug it out with Obaseki for the party’s governorship ticket.
The report has it that some APC governors have, however, launched a troubleshooting process to rally support for their Edo state colleague.
Receiving members of the Obaseki Mandate Group who visited him at Edo governor’s lodge in Abuja, Obaseki said someone with no track record of success in anything should not be given a chance to rule the state.
He said: “I have chosen the party that brought me in the first place, the APC. No matter the challenges, I will run on the platform of my party. And I’m sure by the grace of God, I will overcome. I’m not saying I won’t have contestants – of course, democracy is about contestations.
“Tell me what you want to do for the people, and I will tell you what I can do. Tell me what you have done for the people and I will also tell the people what I have done for them, and the people will make a choice, that is what democracy is about; that is what our democracy should be.”
The governor said while the challenges ahead were enormous, the men would be separated from the boys.
Obaseki said: “I want to assure you that the last three-and-a-half years have been like a university for us; we have been learning.
“This election will now make us graduates. If you think we have achieved anything in the last three years, by the grace of God, just watch out for the next four years.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The war has become very tough, with COVID-19, the challenges ahead of us are enormous and that is when you are going to separate the men from the boys.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Obaseki was in a running battle with his supposed godfather and national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
It was reported that the battle got to its crescendo when a faction of APC loyal to Obaseki in Edo suspended Oshiomhole at ward level and later got a court injunction which barred the former governor of Edo from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.
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