Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday claimed his immediate predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, wanted to use the state House of Assembly to remove him from office.
According to him, Oshiomhole cancelled the primaries conducted by the party ahead of the 2019 general elections and did his own to carry out his alleged plans to remove him from office.
Obaseki said, “He cancelled the primaries that were initially done by the party at the state level for the 2019 general elections and did his own because he could not control us at the executive (level). He manipulated the legislature so he could use the House to remove us.”
The governor said these during an expanded meeting with leaders of the APC from all the wards and local government areas in Edo North at Jattu-Uzaire, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
He said he sympathised with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who he claimed was deceived by Oshiomhole.
Obaseki said, “Oshiomhole thought he was setting a trap when he chose Philip Shaibu as my deputy and Osarodion Ogie as Secretary to the State Government. He was thinking that we would always quarrel, fight and then run to him to settle issues.”
According to him, the party and its members do not support godfatherism in the state.
He added, “If you behave like a godfather, we will fight you.”
He said Oshiomhole remained suspended from the party until he apologised to the party.
Obaseki said, “If you cannot be a disciplined member of the party, you will leave the party, whether you are the national chairman or not.”