Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has lamented his inability to nominate Federal government appointees, noting that he has “endured so much as a governor”.
Obaseki and his Godfather and political benefactor, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Adams Oshiomhole appears to have fallen out leading to a war of words between both politicians.
Obaseki said he would no longer allow a certain individual to continue to lord over the state, making all federal appointments and cancelling the elections he had conducted.
In what appears to be throwing the gauntlet to Oshiomhole, Obaseki said despite seeming a distraction, he was focused on actualising his mandate to the people of the state and that he would not be deterred even if he would serve for only one term.
He stated this while addressing members of the Benin Community resident in the Federal Capital Territory at Edo State Lodge, Abuja, on Friday.
The governor said, “ I did this ( developing the state ) silently behind the scenes for eight years before I became governor. ”
“The money we are getting from Abuja isn’ t enough. So, given my background, I sought to bring investors so that they can engage our people.
“ I have gone to great lengths to try to explain; it is about reform to change Edo from what it is to what we hope and pray for it to be.
“ I don’t have any future political ambition, but only to finish by the grace of God and go back to my business which is suffering. I didn’t ’ t come to make money at Government House, I didn’t ’ t come to make a name. By the grace of God, He has given me one.
“Edo is for Edo people, not for individuals, no matter who they think they are, we all will play our own roles and leave, what will remain in our state.
“I have endured so much as governor. As governor, I have not been able to even nominate somebody for a federal appointment. Meanwhile, federal appointments are made every day, I will sit down they will call me from the Senate. Are you aware of this? I keep quiet; I cannot be governor and not be governor. ”
In what appeared to be a slight dig at Oshiomhole, he queried “So, if your children are fighting and you cannot come and settle them then what authority do you have to even be a father?”
“ How can I as governor conduct elections and someone come and cancels them and be manipulating and throwing all sorts of people in there and now want to use the people to fight me and remove me from office, and you want me to keep quiet?
“So, I have said it that at the end of the day, I only have one mandate to serve Edo people and as long as God has given me this opportunity, I will not allow Edo State to be a pawn in anybody ’ s political chess game. ”