Mr Godwin Obaseki and eight other APC governors have met with Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the party’s influential National Leader in respect of the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo state. The governors are trying to resolve the standoff between Mr Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
There has been a palpable feeling of unease in the state chapter of the All Progressives’ Congress after the National Chairman announced that the party would select its standard bearer through direct primaries, a move the governor and his loyalists have opposed.
Anselm Ojezua, the state party chair loyal to Mr Obaseki, has said that the power to determine the mode of primaries to be used in the June 22, 2020 expressly lies with the state organ of the party.
The crisis has been exacerbated since the APC split into two factions and welcomed the defection of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary of the State Government (SSG) who would later join Adams Oshiomhole in founding the state chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy blocs that make up the All Progressives’ Congress. Ize-Iyamu would leave the ACN for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he was the party’s candidate in the last gubernatorial elections.
Mr Oshiomhole is widely belived to have made a pact with Mr Ize-Iyamu, who has a large grassroots following, to oust the incumbent governor.
A person with direct knowledge of the discussions who spoke to the Lagos Times on the condition of anonymity said that the meeting was convened to resolve the differences between Governor Obaseki and Adams Oshiomhole, his estranged predecessor and current National Chairman of the All Progressives’ Congress. “The meeting is about the face-off between Oshiomhole and Obaseki ahead of the governorship primary and the governorship election scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020,” the source said.