The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Sep 19 Edo governorship election, Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared that the approaching poll in the state is a challenge with the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
While addressing the party members and supporters in Oredo local government area during the PDP campaign rally on Saturday, September 5, 2020, Obaseki said the former APC Chairman would be dealt with during the poll as he does not respect the people of the state.
“As a sitting governor, Oshiomhole decides to pick who will represent me in my house of assembly. Can you imagine the insult? Because he believes, in his own mind, that Benin people are like chickens. When you throw corn, they will run after the corn.
“This election is a contest with Oshiomhole. We have dealt with him at the national level, we will bury him politically in this election; because he has no regard for Benin people, he has no regard for us in Oredo, and we will show him that he is nothing,” stated Governor Obaseki.
Clarifying the beginning of the political battle between the two leaders, it would be recalled that the governor won the 2016 gubernatorial poll in Edo on the APC ticket but fell out critically with comrade Oshiomhole.
Consequently, the former national chairman of the APC utilised his influence within political organisations to block Obaseki’s recommendation for his second term as a governor in office. It then resulted to Obaseki dumping the party for the opposition PDP.