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Don’t Be Biased – Obaseki Tells Oshiomhole

Governor Godwin Obaseki responded to his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole for indicting him in the crisis that is rocking the Edo State House of Assembly.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress has expressed disgust over the incident that took place recently at the EDHA where about six people were sworn in against the remaining lawmakers.

Godwin Obaseki and Adams Oshiomhole
Godwin Obaseki and Adams Oshiomhole

He described the circumstances that produced Mr Frank Okiye as the Speaker was a shame.

“I am ashamed to talk about it but there is nothing to hide,” he said and wondered why ‘somebody’ wanted minority members of the House to pick the Speaker while leaving out the majority. “In our own case we have 24/24 all of them APC but somebody wants a particular person as a Speaker, 19 out of 24 are opposed to this person,” he said.

Obaseki succeeded Oshiomhole as governor in 2016 and the duo has been at loggerhead over the leadership of the state, and cold war ahead of the gubernatorial election.

Obaseki in his response on Saturday through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie said Oshiomhole was biased in his view that he (Obaseki) had a hand in the emergence of the new leadership of the Assembly.

Obaseki said the National Chairman needs to hear from both sides before taking sides.

He said “We read with utter astonishment a statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, with respect to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s alleged role in the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.

“Apart from the fact that he based his conclusion on a totally false and baseless premise, we believe that he could have shown that he does not have a vested interest by simply inquiring from his friend, the governor directly, or any official of the State Working Committee of our party as to what actually transpired.”

Osagie said Oshiomhole’s failure to satisfy the basic tenets of natural justice, which makes fair hearing from all sides of a matter mandatory, has clearly exposed his bias in this issue.

He added: “For the avoidance of doubt, all the decisions relating to the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly recently elected by the House were taken by the State Working Committee and leaders of the party from across the state.”

He added: “In deference to the rule of party supremacy, which the National Chairman so eloquently professes, the governor and all party members are obliged to respect the party’s decision, as we expect the National Chairman to also do.”