Obaseki’s Second Term Did Not Come Up At The Reconciliation Table, Says Samson Osagie
- urges Obaseki to make peace with party leaders
- says the governor’s followers trying to blackmail Oshiomhole
A former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie has cleared the air that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki was not part of the bargain that led to the peace experienced at the national level of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday.
Samson Osagie was referring to Obaseki’s media aide, Crusoe Osagie and Dr Pedro Obaseki who announced that there was a Presidential Directive to National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole to give Obaseki the right of first refusal in the build-up to APC primaries.
Hon Osagie said Edo election did not form a subject at the discussion table which had led to the party reconciliation.
This means that despite the reconciliation at the national level, aggrieved members of the Edo State APC still want Obaseki’s second term ambition challenged.
NAIJA CENTER NEWS quotes Oshiomhole as saying on Tuesday that he was ready to reconcile his style of leadership with other members to work together for the benefit of the party.
Oshiomhole also assured members that the internal crisis will be resolved internally, assuring members of his willingness to resolve internal rifts.
Speaking on whether Obaseki formed part of the negotiation, Osagie said Obaseki is the one fighting Oshiomhole, contrary to some persons’ belief.
He said “I laughed profusely at the naivety of these kids and grimaced at the sheer wickedness of one of the relatives of the Governor who went on air to announce same.
“Where is the provision for the right of first refusal in the APC Constitution? This is nothing but a clear case of living in denial of the obvious reality on the ground in the politics of the APC primaries soon to be held.
“In a way, it is blackmail as well a calculated gimmick to give the diminishing following of the Governor a false sense hope under an obvious condition of despair.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth. Edo State Governorship elections was not a subject of discussions in the Governor’s meeting with the President or indeed at any of the fora leading to the well-deserved triumph of the National Chairman over the forces that seek to oust him from office prematurely.
“Those announcing it was nowhere close to Abaji or Aso Rock or even the Court of Appeal Abuja.”
He added “Governor Obaseki keeps pretending that the National Chairman is the one fighting him whereas he is the one fighting the National Chairman and numerous leaders across the State.
“His combination of blackmail and terror as an instrument of gaining political control against party leaders and the National Chairman drove him into the frenzy of deploying huge state resources into the failed the Oshiomhole must go project which he coordinated with other retrogressive forces and funded from the Edo State coffers. Oh, what a pity. Edo State is the loser for it!”
The former Minority Whip urged the governor to reconcile with party leaders in the state rather than using his cousin, Don Pedro Obaseki and his media aide, Crusoe Osagie to give false hope.
“Talking about reconciliation, Obaseki, strangely through his media adviser Crusoe Osagie and Don Pedro are drumming it as if the Akande’s Committee on reconciliation never existed before Obaseki deployed Edo State resources into the removal of Oshiomhole. Who is deceiving who?
“Obaseki should reconcile himself at home with party leaders and members whom he has been seeking to decimate and stop leaving in denial or blackmailing the National Chairman by reminding him that cases are still in court against him. The National Chairman is capable of defending himself. “
Osagie is one of the party leaders in the state who had accused Obaseki of neglect, disregard, high-headedness and abandonment.
As a member of the Edo Peoples Movement, the group is calling for the replacement of the governor who is currently making plans for a second term in office.