As it has been in the ancient times, politics is a game of deceit, power,loyalty, distrust and many other factors. Many people have tried to get into one post or the other and this brought the need to sketch out dubious plans termed as politics. It is often a game of power, display of importance and while all these are played by national leaders, citizens are often kept in the dark. Powerful positions are often taken all over the world through years of strategic planning and along the way deceit is usually involved.
Aside this, the role of Godfatherism can’t be ignored basically in Nigeria. In order to get to a particular high level post, honour must be given to the whom it’s due. Politicians do forget this fact and it usually end up drastically. A vivid example of this case is that of Governor Godswill Obaseki and his predecessor Comrade Adams Oshoimole. The cold war between the previous Governor of Edo State and successor is one that has drawn both local and foreign attentions. The inability of Godswill Obaseki to fall in line with his party Godfatherism rule was the birth of today’s calamity in their political order.
With the Edo gubernatorial election just around the corner, its looks like Governor Godwin Obaseki is beginning to lose more allies in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
To support to fact stated above, on Tuesday, September 8, a prominent member of the state’s House of Assembly, Paul Odaro, dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC), PM News reports.
Odaro who hails from the same local government council (Uhunmwonde) as Obaseki, lamented the that the area has been abandoned for years by the governor, hence his defection.
Dragging a lot of PDP defectors to the APC during a ward-to-ward rally at Eguaholor spearheaded by Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s former national chairman.
Odaro claimed that having been a member of the PDP since 1999, he decided to defect because the Obaseki-led administration has continuously neglected his the area contrary to his many campaign promises.
On his part, Oshiomhole berated the state government for abandoning major infrastructure and development.
The former APC boss went on to mention Obaseki’s alleged neglect of the water fountain at the King’s Square in front of Oba’s palace.
He claimed that what is even more worrisome is that the governor denied the people quality education by shutting down schools.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, the APC’s campaign council’s chairman in Edo, has given his view about the administration of Governor Obaseki.
Ganduje, one of the APC bigwigs who visited President Muhammadu Buhari with the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said that Obaseki’s leadership had been woeful.
The Kano governor even claimed that Governor Obaseki is a liability to his new political platform, the PDP.
Ganduje said: “He could have been an asset to PDP. But I assure you that governor is a liability. In fact, it’s even better for us that we are contesting against a serving governor who failed woefully. He failed woefully in the area of human development.”
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