An APC chieftain In Edo State, Maj. Gen. Charles Airhiavbere has said Governor Godwin Obaseki is planning to abandon the ruling party in the state.
Gen. Charles, who is an ex APC governorship aspirant, said that Godwin plans to abandon the party and contest for second-term with a different party after finding out that it would be hard to clinch the ticket due to the way he has carried himself at APC.
Airhiavbere, who said this to journalists, added that the issues the party is facing started after the presidential election when APC lost in Edo South and Edo Central.
His words, “After that loss, the party realised that it needed the massive win from Edo North for President Muhammadu Buhari to scale through in the state.”
He also said Obaseki’s incompetence is the reason for his fight against the leaders of the party and Adams Oshiomhole.
He continued, “The presidential election in February gave an account of the APC political instability in the state; during that election we lost in Edo South, we lost in Edo Central, only Edo North produced the percentage that was required for the president to scale through Edo State and that was the beginning of the problems of the APC coming to the public. It became clear that if we don’t do something quickly, there will be problem.”
However, Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has described the accusation as a lie.
He said, “He (Obaseki) is performing. He is the leader of the party. He controls the party, so who will he leave the party for? That allegation is a complete lie from the pit of hell. Governor Godwin Obaseki has a very robust relationship with the presidency and his party at the centre.
“His party is the ruling party in the state and at the centre, so where is he leaving to and why should he leave? The good records of Obaseki cannot be compared to that of Airhiavbere. Obaseki contested for election once and he won.”
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