The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has spoken about the painful experiences he has allegedly gone through in the hands of his ‘godfather’, Adams Oshiomhole.
Obaseki had revealed this on Friday, saying that he was not given the opportunity to choose a single person for a federal appointment and had vowed that he would never put himself in a situation where he would be unable to function in his full capacity as governor.
He, however, did not mention the name of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, but there were various indications that showed he was referring to Adams Oshiomhole.
Obaseki had made this known in Abuja at the Edo State Lodge, on Friday when speaking to members of the Benin community resident. He also added that as far as he was in the governor seat, he would not allow Edo state to be used as a pawn by highly placed politicians in a political game.
There has been a tussle of power between Obaseki and Oshiomhole on who controls the state House of Assembly and it is alleged that this is responsible for the major crisis occurring in the state house of assembly.
Obaseki had explained to the group that was led by Dickson Omoregie, that he had promised during his campaign to help develop the state.
“I did this 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 come to make money at Government House, I didn’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 is 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,” he said.
He added, “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 will come and cancel them and be manipulating and throwing all sorts of people in there and now wants 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,” he said.