- Will Godwin Obaseki scale the many hurdles set before him ahead of the governorship election in Edo?
- One of the aspirants, Chris Ogiemwonyi, is asking that the governor should not have another opportunity
- Ogiemwonyi recalls how he suffered massive defeat in 2016 while Obaseki, who never showed serious interest, got the candidacy of the party
In the eyes of Chris Ogiemwonyi, a governorship aspirant in the forthcoming Edo election, Godwin Obaseki does not deserve to be given a second term in office.
Obaseki is having one of the worst times in his political journey as he battles to retain the governorship seat as Edo prepares for an election.
The governor faces the odds from his predecessor and chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and his loyalists.
The Nation quotes Ogiemwonyi as warning that Obaseki should not be allowed to even become the candidate of the party ahead of the election.
According to Ogiemwonyi, Obaseki was forced on the people of the state in the last election.
He argued that Edo needed to move forward and as such, the governor does not deserve to return.
Speaking in Abuja at the APC secretariat, he said Obaseki was not in the calculation for the governorship, but that it was Oshiomhole who helped him.
Ogiemwonyi said he is in support of the direct primaries proposed and adopted by the party for the primary election in Edo state.
The primary election has been slated for June 22.
According to Ogiemwonyi, direct primaries will not only bring the people together but give them a sense of belonging.
The governorship aspirant recalled what he passed through as a result of the indirect primaries conducted in 2016 which brought up Obaseki.
He lost after taking care of the supposed delegates for nine months.
He recalled that the election of 2016 was actually between him and the then deputy governor of the state.
Ogiemwonyi, a former works minister, said the delegates followed Oshiomhole's body language during the primary election of 2016 and refused to vote for him.
He noted that the sitting governor never battled for the position like other aspirants of the period adding that the current governor became the flagbearer of the party without working for it.
Legit.ng earlier reported the story of a supposed division in the camp of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, one of the aspirants for the election.
According to the report, some APC chieftains in the camp of Ize-Iyamu have switched support away from him.