- Three oil commissioners in EDOSOPADEC have resigned their appointments from Obaseki's government
- Before their resignation, they were close allies of Governor Obaseki
- The aides later visited Ize-Iyamu and pledged their support for the APC
The political scenario ahead of the incoming governorship election in Edo state took another twist on Monday, July 27, as three commissioners in the board of Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission (EDOSOPADEC) resigned their appointments, citing political and personal reasons.
Leadership reports that after their resignation, the commissioners paid a visit to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at his campaign office in Benin where they pledged their solidarity.
Legit.ng gathered that they, however, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of deceit, fraud, and lack of empathy.
Speaking at the meeting, Prince Emmanuel Odigie of Edo Central senatorial district, Rilwanu Oshiomhole of Edo North, and Osamwonyi Atu of Orhionmwon all jointly condemned the Obaseki-administration for disempowering the commission with the incessant diversion of funds meant for projects.
Odigie accused Obaseki of being dangerously over-ambitious without love or empathy for those he was elected to lead.
He criticised Obaseki’s repeated threats to ‘crush’ anyone not supportive of his personal political choice and victimization of elected officials who have refused to join him in the PDP as a vicious display of tyranny detrimental to growth and development.
He also said the governor’s touted ‘Esan agenda’ is a deceitful plan designed only to obtain votes.
In his comments, Osamwonyi Atu of Orhionmwon lamented the lack of development in the region despite its status as a major oil producer in the state.
He expressed regret working for Governor Obaseki, stating that his resignation and resolve to back the bid of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is borne from the desire to put an end to Obaseki’s non-performance and vindictive governance.
Also speaking, Rilwanu Oshiomhole of Edo North criticized Obaseki’s castigation of individuals instead of focusing on governance and policies, stating that his administration has abandoned the people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following an alleged attack on the campaign train of Governor Obaseki ahead of Edo governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call leaders of the APC in the state to order.
It was reported that the chairman, sub-committee of the PDP Edo national campaign council, Raymond Dokpesi, said there had been frequent attacks by APC members in Edo state on PDP leaders.
In another report, APC scolded the PDP over its official flag-off of the campaign for Governor Obaseki in Edo state.
The opposition party on Saturday, July 25, kickstarted the campaign for the reelection bid of Governor Obaseki and his deputy Phillips Shaibu.
APC, in a reaction, attacked PDP and alleged that there were destructions of "property and violence meted on hapless victims" during the official event.
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