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No Fight With Oshiomhole, Says Obaseki

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has continued to deny the rift between his administration and his former boss and governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has continued to deny the rift between his administration and his former boss and governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

There had been obvious battle as the state is divided between two camps: The Oshiomhole and Obaseki’s apologists getting at each other on social media.

Obaseki Makes Peace with Adams Oshiomhole
Obaseki Makes Peace with Adams Oshiomhole

While addressing journalist at the Annual Convention of Usagbe Club of Nigeria which was held at the Jabi District, the governor, did however, admitted that he was being fought.

Obaseki attributed the fight against his government as his decision to eradicate thuggish elements that were empowered by some political class from financially exploiting and intimidating businesses in the state.

The governor also invariably admitted that the internal crisis destablishing the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were being handled.

The theme of the convention was “Guiding the Youths Towards Positive Impact on the Community.”

“If you understand what happened in Edo up to 2006, the non-state actors had become empowered by the political class. They were collecting revenues, they were an alternative government and they constituted themselves into an army that was used for political activities.

“I don’t have a feud with the national chairman. There are political issues in Edo which have been resolved. And as far as I am concerned, they are not major issues. They have a House of Assembly that has been inaugurated. A few members have not accepted those that have been inaugurated. But these issues will be settled. What is happening in Edo is not unusual,” he said. “

Obaseki said his government met thugs who were masquerading as role models and has brought law and order in order to attract investments, while unsettling those who do not want to play a legal code.

“It is a kind of a crisis we had to deal with because we had to remove these thugs from the streets, from collecting revenue, from intimidating private businesses and which we’ve done successfully.

“Part of the issue you see in Edo today is a fight back by such class of people, but we were very encouraged by the reactions of the citizens. We don’t want thugs on our streets in whatever guise, in whatever cover,” he added.

On the recent news of parting ways with commissioners, contrary to reports in some quarters that the governor’s move was to purge his government of Oshiomhole’s loyalists, Obaseki said his intention was to bring in fresh ideas capable of moving the state forward.

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