The war of words between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and his predecessor, John Odigie-Oyegun, continues as the latter accused the former of trying to deny the incumbent Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the opportunity for a second term in office.
But Oshiomhole said he was only concerned about the rule of law and transparency in the state run by Obaseki.
Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Political Affairs, Chief Ray Murphy, said: “Today, there are all kinds of rancour coming from Edo State. They all boil down to attempt by godfather and godfatherism heating up the polity in the state.
“To what purpose is this idea of the APC chairman putting the state under tension? Ask anybody from Edo state: what is Obaseki’s biggest distraction and they will tell you that his distraction is not whether he has governed well or not, but from his immediate predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
“What has been trending is how his predecessor who happens to be the party chairman doesn’t want him back in the office.
In replying to his predecessor, Oshiomhole claimed: “I am a democrat. That I accept the credit, not only that I fought godfatherism, I launched the one-man, one-vote campaign to fight against election rigging.
“How can I be a governor physically presiding over people who are more endowed than me? You know the law provides how the house of assembly should be proclaimed transparently the day it’s announced. Members-elect are informed of date and time for inauguration.
“For me, it’s very embarrassing if any state governor, particularly of APC extraction, will do anything that is less than what the constitution says and the example that our president has set.”