Obaseki Fired The Only Commissioner I Have In His Government, Says Oshiomhole
The National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki fired the only commissioner he nominated into his cabinet.
Oshiomhole made the disclosure on Channels Television.
He said the governor’s action came after the reconciliatory meeting between him and his former political son.
In an interview with Channels Television, Oshiomhole said the governor took the action after a reconciliatory meeting between him and his successor.
The former governor said four other governors attended the meeting.
“We have no argument over money or appointment… In the meeting we held with four governors, including Governor Bagudu, I asked the governor, how many commissioners did I nominate in your cabinet. He agreed that I only nominated one person out of more than 20 commissioners,” Oshiomhole said.
“Not many Nigerians will believe that because for me I was out of government and I have convinced myself that the day I step out of government, that is it. After that first meeting, the governor decided to remove that one commissioner along with seven others. But that is not my business.
“The governor can never tell you that I have interfered in his choice of projects and so on. The only thing I feel a bit worried about is that some of the projects we started together have been abandoned. There is no way to solve disagreements without talking to the aggrieved parties.
“Let me assure you. This governor is not under threat. It is those who make money from crisis, those I call merchants of confusion, who can tell the governor that he wants to be impeached. What will I gain if Godwin does not run a second term?”
Initially, the duo denied the rift until it was no longer a secret when members loyal to the APC Chairman publicly vowed to unseat Obaseki in his second term bid.
The crisis in the party led to division in the Edo State chapters of the APC, which also extended to the Edo House of Assembly.
Though reports claimed that the former governor fell out of love with Obaseki over his inability to control his administration. However, Oshiomhole in the interview with CT said he never interfered nor did he attempt to control the governor.