…Obaseki wants automatic ticket, afraid of strong opposition – Oshiomhole’s supporter
MORE intrigues have continued to unfold ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo State as Vanguard reliably gathered Thursday that Governor Godwin Obaseki has got the support of two governors of the South-West (names withheld) to join the campaign to remove Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC. One of the governors is said to have rode on the back of Oshiomhole to get to power.
Those who want Oshiomhole out accused him of playing major roles in APC’s misfortunes in Rivers, Bayelsa, Zamfara, and Taraba, adding that with him in the saddle APC will lose Edo and Ondo this year as he is already backing unpopular aspirants to challenge the incumbents
However, supporters of Oshiomhole countered that Obaseki wants automatic ticket, and does not want primaries because he is scared of strong opposition. And so getting Oshiomhole out will pave the way for Obaseki to easily get his second term as they see Oshiomhole as a major obstacle to his second term ambition.
Meanwhile, one of Obaseki’s close security details simply identified as Luther, was said to have been hospitalised following the dispersal of suspected thugs who had last Saturday thronged the Benin Airport to disrupt the arrival of Oshiomhole who was on a private visit to attend the burial ceremony of a former aide. The security aide was said to have been beaten by security agents who mistook him for one of the thugs.
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A government official denied the allegation that he was attacked as a result of the incident at the airport but did not give further details.
In a related development, a Senior Special Assistant to Obaseki, Kaycee Osamwonyi, has been suspended from the APC for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities and causing factions within the party.