By Colin’s Osadalo
After the political drama of the past few weeks, no one doubts that Governor Godwin Obaseki is determined to sweep the legacies of his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, under the rug.
But nearsighted observers may have misled the Edo governor who, in a bid to achieve his second term, allegedly paid N8 billion to get a waiver as a candidate for governor of the Popular Democratic Party, PDP.
According to enthusiastic observers of Edo politics, many of Obaseki’s sins were against the party chiefs, the people, and his supposed godfather, Oshiomhole.
He is convinced from the beginning that the platform (Congress of all progressives) that used to emerge as governor must be destroyed without looking back.
Even if Oshiomhole forgives, the spiritually wounded party worshipers he disappointed still consider his many sins unpleasant.
On December 29, 2016, Obaseki ordered that two APC leaders, Osakpomwan Eriyo and Sunday Osagbona, be sent to Oko prison for an alleged assassination attempt on Chief Osaro Idah.
On October 6, 2018, he imposed his preferred candidates for National / Assembly elections on the party in various LGAs in Edo.
Subsequently, on February 23, 2019, he lost his neighborhood, LGA, federal constituency, and senatorial district in the Presidential / National Assembly elections.
On March 18, 2019, Obaseki allegedly suspended APC General Charles Ariabhere.
On March 21, 2019, the Governor promised that Chris Okaeben, elected member of the Edo State Assembly Chamber, will not be inaugurated.
On June 5, 2019, he accused Edo APC leaders of fighting him to access the state treasury to share Edo’s money.
On June 17, 2019, he refused to inaugurate 14 elected APC members in the state House of Assembly, accusing Oshiomhole of impeachment plans against him.
On June 17, 2019, 14 elected members of the Edo Assembly House were physically attacked at the Golden Tulip Hotel by people allegedly loyal to Obaseki under the supervision of the police.
On July 3, 2019, Obaseki fired 8 commissioners and special advisers. On July 4, 2019, he ordered the suspension of Chris Okaeben from the APC for his Oredo LG party chapter.
On July 23, 2019, Obaseki fought against the ministerial nomination of HE. Clem Agba by President Buhari.
On July 31, he suspended Etsako West LGA President Yakubu Musa.
On August 29, 2019, Obaseki, in a letter to President Buhari through the APC chapter Ovia North East LG, rejected the nomination of Dr. Pius Odubu and Chief Victor Ekhator as President and Board member of NDDC respectively.
On September 3, 2019, he, through his attorney, Andrew Adaze Emwanta, filed a case in an FCT High Court in Abuja against Odubu’s nomination as President of the NDDC. He asked the court to give Delta State the job.
On September 27, 2019, Obaseki fired Alhaji Aremiyau Momoh as President of Etsako East LGA.
On October 5, 2019, people suspected of being loyal to the governor attacked the Benin GRA residence in Oshiomhole.
On October 8, 2019, Obaseki eliminated HE. Patrick Aguinede as President of Esan West LGA.
On October 9, 2019, he banned the Edo People’s Movement (EPM).
On October 11, 2019, Obaseki ordered the arrest of HE. Osarobo Idahosa, the APC leader in Ikpoba Okha.
On October 18, 2019, he ordered the suspension of Lawrence Okah as Secretary of Edo APC.
On October 27, 2019, some men suspected of being loyal to Obaseki attacked Comrade Carlice Imolore and other APC leaders / members in Owan East LGA.
On November 2, 2019, an attack on Obaseki and Oba Akiolu de Lagos by suspected thugs in the Edo Iyamoh University summons was attributed to Oshiomhole only to embarrass him.
On November 14, 2019, one Steven Oshawo and eight others (out of 26 exco members) were used to suspend Oshiomhole in his Ward 10 of Etsako West LGA.
On November 21, 2019, a protest allegedly sponsored by Obaseki was organized in the secretariat of the APC national party to demand the resignation / removal of Oshiomhole as national president.
On November 22, 2019, APC NEC members were pressured to remove Oshiomhole.
On November 22, 2019, Obaseki sealed the commercial premises of Comrade Osakpomwan Eriyo’s hotel.
On December 3, 2019, under his supervision, Frank Okiye declared the 14 elected members of the House of Assembly vacant and applied to the INEC for partial elections.
On December 12, 2019, the Oshiomhole convoy was attacked in Benin by thugs suspected of being loyal to the governor.
On December 13, 2019, Obaseki ordered the police to seal the Garrick Memorial School to stop a demonstration to welcome Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu back to the APC.
On December 22, 2019 in Oredo, he accused Oshiomhole of his plans to remove him (Obasek) as governor.
On January 29, 2020, Obaseki on television threatened to deal with Oshiomhole.
On January 29, 2020, he established a panel to investigate Oshiomhole on the construction of the Benin Specialist Hospital.
On January 30, 2020, an attempt was made for the life of HE. Henry Idahagbon, who left 77 bullet holes in his office.
On February 1, 2020, Obaseki ordered the police to seal the “Okaigiesan Hall,” home of the Edo Central APC rally.
On the same day, the residence of Chief Francis Inegbeneki (Uzoya) was bombed in Benin.
On February 3, 2020, the governor, through his deputy, asked the police IG and the DSS director to arrest Oshiomhole.
On February 5, 2020, Obaseki ordered the demolition of Comrade Tony Kabaka Adun’s hotel in Ugbor, Benin-City.
On February 7, 2020, he ordered the closure of Comrade Osakpomwan Eriyo’s hotel for the second time.
On February 15, 2020, he was seen celebrating the loss of Bayelsa State APC to the PDP in the Supreme Court.
On February 22, 2020, suspected thugs were mobilized at the Benin airport to prevent Oshiomhole from reaching Benin without Obaseki’s approval.
On the same day, some people suspected of being loyal to Obaseki blocked the entrance and exit to Benin’s private residence at Oshiomhole with garbage trucks. This was to prevent Oshiomhole from accessing his home or receiving visitors.
On February 29, 2020, he revoked the C de O at the properties of Odubu, Prof. Ihonvbere, Chief Elamah, and many other APC leaders.
On March 5, 2020, the Governor celebrated Oshiomhole’s brief suspension as APC National President by the FCT High Court.
On March 13, 2020, Obaseki endorsed Chief Victor Giadom at the South-South faction meeting in Abuja as APC National President to replace Oshiomhole.
On June 2, 2020, he brought APC’s NWC to court to reverse the direct primary option for the Edo governor election. On the same day, he also brought the NWC to court to stop Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s party membership and to challenge the NWC’s waiver order.
On June 21, 2020, Obaseki promised to make the APC primary impossible, claiming that the ruling party’s approval depended on its approval.
With all these sins, APC loyalists and the Edo electorate patiently await the Governor at the polls to repeat the Lucky Igbinedion / PDP scenario of 2007.
Governors of the South-South PDP were able to obtain Obaseki’s ticket from their party to contest the September elections, but a lawyer, who has been observing the seat of the Edo governor for 16 years, Kenneth Imasuagbon, insisted that the measure of Obaseki was an open blow.
“If there is someone who should resign for the other, it is Obaseki. Because he has a problem at APC and now he’s come to PDP and he wants to bring me up. This cannot happen, “said Imasuagbon.
“Most of the people who became governor now had no plans to become governor, and no plans for what they want to do for their state. For me, it was deliberate because I want to serve my people. “
Osadalo lives in the city of Benin