Reno Omokri, a former aide to the former President Goodluck Jonathan says Obaseki has handled insecurity in Edo State better than President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling in the North.
Omokri was responding to a call by the Edo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress to the state governor, Godwin Obaseki to resign over the spake over insecurity.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman in the state, Col David Imuse (rtd) had demanded Obaseki’s resignation in a statement issued on Sunday.
The Chairman also accused the governor of taking a N25 billion loan without disclosing the motive for which the money will be used.
Imuse’s call was also related to Obaseki’s alleged disobedience of court order.
Imuse said Obaseki refused to obey the court judgement that ordered the removal of the Chairman of Estako East Local government area illegal.
The Committee Chairman had said “No one is safe in Edo. The state is under siege. We have a governor who has lost focus. Fear and insecurity have become the order of the day.
“Because Edo State is designed to be governed by relevant laws, Edo APC is ready to take the bull by the horns, as it can no longer condone a governor who has no regard for the rule of law.”
Reacting via his Twitter handle on Sunday evening, Omokri compared the way Obaseki and Buhari have handled the insecurity in their respective duties.
“Edo @OfficialAPCNg is asking Governor Obaseki to resign over the spate of insecurity in Edo. If Obaseki should resign, then what should General #Buhari do? Obaseki has handled security in Edo far better than Buhari has handled security in Nigeria.”
Mr Buhari had been facing backlashes on the way he has handled the security issue in Nigeria.
The Jihadist group, Boko Haram has increased attacks as many live in fear in the Northern part of Nigeria.
APC Displays Childish Trantrums – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP caution the state APC that “opposition politics requires intelligence, tact, not childish tantrump.”
The State Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare berated the APC in a reaction over the call for Mr Governor’s resignation.
Nehikhare said Col. Imuse’s claims “betrays the bitterness, delusion and angst” that APC have been “forced to endure since they suffered crushing deeat” in the last governorship election.
The PDP said the opposition had resorted to a wild goose chase to oust the governor “even as they continue to run from pillar to post to undo the will of Edo people.”
According to him, “The APC is clearly still reeling from the pains inflicted on them in their disgraceful outing in the last governorship election in Edo State. They are looking for all other avenues to overturn the will of Edo people, who rejected them outrightly at the polls and embraced the Governor and his policies by handing him a landslide victory and a second term mandate.”
“Playing opposition politics requires some tact and intelligence, which Imuse is clearly lacking, as can be seen in the shallow and infantile reasoning in his statement.
“That Imuse and the APC have the guts to raise the issue of insecurity in the puerile statement betrays their ignorance and an apparent worrying condition of selective amnesia.
“It must be noted that the Federal Government under the leadership of the APC is solely responsible and has full control of security across the country, including the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the army and all others. That Imuse and Edo APC would do an about turn and place the responsibility for security on the laps of Governor Obaseki alone show their mischief and crass ignorance,” he noted.
Nehikhare also said in reaction to the Etsako East Local Government court verdict that “the state government is exercising its constitutional right for an appeal and has, along that line, filed for an appeal. It has also filed for a Stay of Execution on that judgement. Therefore, the status quo remains and only the court can make a pronouncement on the matter and not the APC.”