Obaseki fears Oshiomhole’s influence in re-election under APC

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Obaseki, Edo State Governor

EDO State Governor Godwin Obaseki has expressed fears over his re-election bid in the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the interests the National Chairman of APC and former governor of the state, Mr Adams Oshiomhole has in the state.

At a press conference on Wednesday, after the seven-member screening committee, headed by Prof. Jonathan Ayuba screened him at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, the governor alleged that some of the questions posed by the committee showed that Oshiomhole had not distanced himself from the process of conducting the governorship primaries in the state.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and APC National Chairman and Mr Adams Oshiomhole

He said: “As a party man, I have gone through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Adams Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process.

“One of the questions that was asked was that why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo or did I not see that as an anti-party activity? 

“I just felt that if we put politics above the lives of the people of Edo, then we may be missing the point.”

Obaseki recalled that when he came to the party’s National Secretariat to submit his nomination form, he told journalists that Oshiomhole should distance himself from the process.

“The last time I came here, I asked that Oshiomhole should excuse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice.

“But as a party man, I have had to go through the screening like everybody else.

“Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening.

“I have given them all the information they need; the controversial certificate from the University of Ibadan has been tendered,” he said.

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