Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
One of the aspirants seeking to contest for the governorship seat in Edo State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Blessing Agbomhere, has accused the state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, of trying to foist a total stranger, Godwin Obaseki on the party.
He also alleged that Obaski did not support the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari during the last general election, hence he did not vote for the president.
“If Oshiomhole is truly a member of the APC who believe in the party’s constitution, he should have known that his godson is not qualified to be governor of Edo State, as he has never voted for APC in any election in the state,” he said.
Agbomhere who addressed a press conference yesterday, said the governor must apologise to the national leadership and members of the APC or be expelled from the party “for offensive utterances made by the governor when the reconciliation committee set up by the APC national secretariat met with him.
“The utterances are meant by Oshiomhole to tarnish the image of the National Secretariat of the APC and blackmail them to abandon Edo APC to his dictates and desperation to impose one Obaseki who is his close ally and business partner on the Edo people
“Godwin Obaseki, an Edo man who refused to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last general election because himself and his acclaimed sponsor, the richest man in Africa wanted Goodluck in their businesses,” he said.
The governorship aspirant believed that the alleged attempt to rubbish the fact finding panel set up by the national secretariat of the APC to resolve the rancour were “being sponsored by the governor himself.
He urged the national leadership to take over the conduct of the governorship primaries so as to ensure a level play ground for every contestant.
When asked to justify his allegation that Obaseki did not vote for President Buhari, the accuser said: “If Obaseki can prove to Nigerians that he collected his Permanent Voter’s Card before presidential election, then we will have reason to believe that he voted for the president but if his PVC was done after the elections what does that mean? You cannot vote in an election where you don’t have a PVC.
“During the presidential election we all know that he was in Lagos and not even in Edo State because most of the them believed that there was going to be trouble and that Nigeria was going to come down. He did not even participate in the election,” he said.