I’ll Show Oshiomhole I’m The Governor, Obaseki Dares
The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has drawn the redline with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.
The duo, who were once friends have been at loggerhead over the leadership of the late.
While some leaders of the APC (Edo Peoples Movement – EPM) pitched tent with the National Chairman, others joined the governor.
As the governorship election draws nearer, the fracas has dangerously spiralled into a critical position as a rally held in Iyamoh over the weekend, where Oshiomhole received some members of the Peoples Democratic Party without the presence of the governor was set on fire by mobs.
In what seems to be a dagger line, Obaseki on Wednesday warned Oshiomhole to desist from causing chaos in the state or face his wrath.
He also authorizes members of this faction to deal with anyone who would or attempt to cause mayhem in the state.
He said: “All these nonsense they are doing, I am now giving you instructions. If anybody, in the names of our party, tries to do anything contrary to what we agreed as a party, we will deal with that person ruthlessly no matter who he is. I am the governor of Edo State and I am so authorizing.
“If anyone comes to your ward or local government to now begins to do things that are anti-party outside what the party has agreed, I hereby authorize you to deal with that person seriously.
“Because, the way parties work, if you are a member of a party and you have any issues, you come to the meeting to discuss your issues. If you can convince everybody, then your ways are what will prevail. Has any of those clowns who call themselves EPM come to the ward meetings to canvass their views and their views were not accepted if they are real?
So, we are not going to allow destructive elements to destruct our party. The President said ‘go and build the party from the base, from the ward and that is what we are doing and anybody who cannot comply with the party structure has to leave the party.
I’ll Show HIm I am the Governor of Edo State
Different from his usual patterns of utterances, the governor publicly dared the National Chairman warning him to stop his misbehaviour or be dealt with.
“We are warning the suspended National Chairman, if he continues with his activities in Edo State, I will show him I am the governor of Edo State. While he was the governor, he would not tolerate a fraction of the misdemeanour and misbehaviour he is undertaking today,” he said.
“I have decided and declared that if Comrade Oshiomhole comes here to our state to say he wants to destruct the activities of the state or the party, we will deal with him the way we best know how to.
“The party in Abuja is the National, the membership of the party are here in Edo State, they determine. Nobody can impose his will, particularly when that will is against the constitution of the party in Edo, it will not happen.”