– Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), accuses Governor Godwin Obaseki of being jealous of his rising profile
– Oshiomhole claims that Obaseki is the one attempting to cause political tension in Edo state so he would dump the APC for another party
– The former governor says he is scared because he does not understand his successor’s next move As the rift between Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Godwin Obaseki of Edo rages, the former governor has accused his successor of jealousy.
Oshiomhole, who said Obaseki was not happy about the national chairman’s rising profile, added that the governor was planning to destroy the APC in Edo state and then move to another party ahead of his second term bid.
Oshiomhole’s claim is contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Simon Ebegbulem. “The governor should stop being jealous of Oshiomhole’s popularity in Edo state. He is a man that is at home with his people having performed creditably well as governor of Edo state.
“It is sad that the governor in his usual style to blackmail the APC chairman now refers to the hardworking youths of Edo state as thugs, forgetting that these same wonderful youths supported him during his election as governor,” the statement said. The statement insisted that Oshiomhole had always being on the side of the people since his period with the organised labour.
While accusing the governor of attempting to plunge the state into security crisis, the statement added: “Before that incident, state government-sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 LGAs because the APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration.
People are being sacked from their jobs every day in the state. “And we have it on good authority that the governor intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state APC and probably dump the party for another party.” Oshiomhole urged the governor to stop blackmailing him and face governance for which he was elected.
We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce the national chairman into giving him details of his movement in Edo state. Who knows what he is plotting again. “
But every evil plot against Oshiomhole will fail. He has not hurt anyone and no man except God can hurt,” the statement said.