Crisis looms in Edo APC; Cold War Between Obaseki and Oshiomhole heats up as APC stalwarts pitch tents
By Faith Iguodala Okoro
– APC leaders allege that Obaseki is patronising stooges from Delta State
– Spend millions on consultants, refuses to constitute boards
– “Be patient”, Obaseki admonishes his critics in APC
It was a sad day in Abuja at the residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the embattled Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as disgruntled politicians from his state took turns to lament the unpalatable situation they have allegedly been subjected to in the hands of the Godwin Obaseki led government in Edo State.
The politicians, majority of which are heavy weight in Edo State, according to our source who was in the meeting, blamed Oshiomhole for introducing them to Obaseki.
Some of them said they spent their personal money to work, campaign and deliver the Governor in the 2016 Governorship poll in the keenly contested election in Edo State against all odds.
The politicians who were unanimous in their anger and fury invited Oshiomhole to intervene to salvage the situation otherwise, as one politician from Edo South District puts it, “the defection at the federal level would be a child’s play to what would happen in Edo.”
URHOKPOTA REPORTERS’ source at the meeting told our correspondent that part of the lamentation of the politicians is that the Governor spends millions of dollars in hiring consultants supervised by his Personal Assistant popularly know as TG who is from Delta state and in cahoots with another consultant know as Ejiro also from Delta state.
“The situation is so bad that most parastatals in the state like SUBEB, EDSOPADEC, ADP, and other agencies now report through the (P.A) to the Governor instead of through properly constituted board headed by top politicians within the APC.” one politician from Oredo told the former governor.
“Even right now a well know PDP chieftain Miss Joan Oviawe who is a staunch critic of Oshiomhole is the Acting Chairman of SUBEB” the critic added.
It is believed that Oshiomhole is likely very angry about that situation and Obaseki is yet to explain the rationale behind that decision despite accusations by APC stalwart in the state that the Lady worked, and even campaigned vigorously, against Obaseki’s candidature and even published damaging articles against Oshiomhole between 2015 and 2016.
One of the top politicians from Edo Central, who was an Executive Director under Oshiomhole, told our correspondent after the meeting with Oshiomhole that; “assuming that these parastatals reported to the Governor through the Deputy Governor or the SSG or even the Chief of Staff or Head of Service, at least we would have hope of respite. But a situation where these boys from Delta state now call the shots in the government of Edo state headed by an APC Governor is very regrettable.”
The aggrieved APC stalwarts allegedly told Oshiomhole at the Abuja meeting point blank that while Mr Obaseki complains that ‘there is no money to throw about and dash people,’ yet the Obaseki Deltan boys are notorious for shutting down big clubs in Lagos, Abuja and other places in Europe and China to party away with allegedly Edo State money. They are known for ordering the latest cars in town and spending millions on exotic drinks and women.
Oshiomhole, who was visibly livid about the development, reportedly told them to remain calm. He promised that a meeting would be convened soon to address and resolve all the complaints which he agreed had merit.
The Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, is reported to have angrily resigned his position earlier on had to hurriedly travel abroad to cool down his anger while the SSG who is a close ally of the Governor is watching the administrative abnormalities in his usual calmness and hoping that it continues so that in 2020, the party may reject Obaseki and prefer him.
One of the APC chieftains from Edo South who was at the meeting told our correspondent that if the Governor does not constitute Boards and continued to use his Delta State P.A. and co as fronts to siphon Edo State public funds, then they would have to bring people from Delta state to campaign for the party in 2019 and 2020.
He lamented how Governor Obaseki is using his own hands to destroy the structure of the party in the state.
Said he; “Does he think Oshiomhole was a fool to have appointed us? Look at the furniture allowance, he refused to pay. Our severance package, he refused to pay. The balance money for the contracts that Oshiomhole gave to us, he refused to pay. And those were the jobs we used to campaign for his election. Look at the Boards, he refuse to constitute. Look at all the boys we used for his election, they are all on the streets looking like street rats. Under his watch, his PA introduced his Delta brother to take the position of Tony Kabaka with another so-called consultant from Delta state known as EJIRO. They are now in charge of Ring Road deducting 25% of total revenue collected. This was the issue Comrade Tony Kabaka lamented in his July outburst that threatened the unity of the party.”
As the situation stands, it appears that the APC is in tatters in Edo state, as another witness at the meeting told us;
“We are watching to see if the Governor will continue to prefer his foreign imported aides from a PDP controlled state like Delta to do the jobs we are supposed to do as appointee of his government. If we can wait for 2years, another two years is nothing. They said we should wear suit to be able to see the the Governor, we all went to buy suits. Later they say we should go and learn how to type computer, some of our members did yet they didn’t appoint us till now. What is our offence?”
Effort to reach the Special Adviser on Media, Mr Crusoe Osagie, to get his reaction was met with brick wall while the Commissioner for Information, Hon Paul Ohonbamu failed to pick his calls. We also visited the SSG known residence in GRA but we could not get his reaction as he was said to be in Lagos, while the Chief of Staff to the Governor is said to to be abroad attending a seminar.
However, the Governor had earlier in a meeting with some youths group, APC Youth Leader and the Women, told them to be patient with his administration as the industries are coming to a create jobs for all.
But the question on their hearts and on the lips of most residents in Edo is “When?”
It appears that the die is cast between Obaseki and Oshiomhole and the question now is who will blink first.
Will Oshiomhole call Obaseki to order the way he did to Dr Chris Ngige at the Federal level? Will Obaseki call the bluff of Oshiomhole the way Emmanuel Udom did to Senator God’swill Akpabio in Akwa Ibom State? Stay tuned with URHOKPOTA REPORTERS as we dig deeper into the looming crisis in the APC Edo State and report real time breaking news like ever before.