Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has prevented another party from pursuing his second-term ambition, despite a wave of opposition to his proposal for reelection by the national president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and other heads of government. state.
Obaseki said yesterday in Abuja that, regardless of the challenges, he would contest the next governor elections on the APC platform.
The governor added that "when things get difficult, difficult things happen", explaining that "the war has become very difficult", but "men would be separated from boys".
The Oshiomhole camp, in the state chapter of the party, supported a former state government secretary, pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who recently defected from the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) to fight Obaseki for entry into government.
However, some APC governors have launched a problem-solving process to gather support for their Edo State colleague.
To that end, a delegation of APC governors met on Sunday in Lagos with the party's national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu and Oshiomhole on Monday to resolve differences between the two factions of the party in the state.
However, upon receiving members of the Obaseki Mandate Group, who visited him at the Edo Governor's Lodge in Abuja, Obaseki said that someone with no track record of success at all should have a chance to govern the state.
He said: “I chose the party that brought me first, APC. Regardless of the challenges, I will run on my group's platform. And I'm sure, by the grace of God, that I will win.
"I am not saying that I have no competitors – it is clear that democracy is about disputes.
“Tell me what you want to do for people, and I will tell you what I can do. Tell me what you did for people and I will also tell people what I did for them, and people will make a choice, that's what democracy is about; this is how our democracy should be. "
The governor said that although the challenges ahead are enormous, men will be separated from boys.
Obaseki said: “I want to make sure that the past three and a half years have been like a university for us; we have learned.
“This election will now make us graduates. If you think we've achieved anything in the past three years, by God's grace, just look at the next four years.
“When the going gets tough, the tough starts. The war has become very difficult, with COVID-19, the challenges that lie ahead are huge and that's when you separate the men from the boys.
“If you don't have the courage, if you don't have the energy, especially courage and intellectual capacity, you may not be able to cope; that is what we are bringing to the table in this election and the next government. "
The governor noted that with COVID-19, life would never be the same and that the pandemic had pushed a reset button in the world, especially in Nigeria.
He said: “That is why anyone who is seeking public office today who has no history of how he served the public good, or who has no history of success in anything else, who has no history of getting even a kiosk . successfully, you cannot and should not have the opportunity to serve. "
According to him, his group has been striving to remove bad men from politics, because politics has been associated with all kinds of unpleasant things that people who have so much to offer are afraid to offer their services.
Obaseki noted that he was proud of what he had done with basic and technical education in the state.
"Yes, we didn't make that much noise because we are working, we don't have time. Whoever is making noise, trying hard and telling lies has all the time to do it because they don't have a job. Most of them haven't done anything in a long time. Most of them he has no skills or ability. His skills are just stealing public funds and lying. Today, we have almost 300,000 children in Edo state in our public education system, who are now learning, "he said.