The governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki, emerged the flag bearer of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The governorship election slated for September 9, 2020. Godwin Obaseki was elected unopposed by over 2000 delegates in the party’s indirect party primaries supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
His victory coming after three of the candidates cleared from contesting after days of horse trading, legal fireworks and compromise. The governor who had decamped a few days ago from the party in which he won his first term in office, the ruling All Progressive Party, APC.
The governor who had been in a long battle of control with his predecessor and former national chairman of the APC, Adams Aliyu Oshiomole ended badly with the governor screened out of the APC primaries, which would have been an end to his ambition and considered the Ambode treatment. The fight resulted in Oshiomole being suspended from the party by his ward and this ended his career as the national chairman as affirmed by a court of law.
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The stage is now set for a dual battle between Godwin Obaseki of the PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu of the APC. It is seen as a race between Obaseki and Oshiomole. In 2016 it was Ize-Iyamu versus Oshiomole.
In 2012, pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was Adams Oshiomole second term election campaign Director General. His ambition to become the governor after Oshiomole met a brickwall as Oshiomole annointed a relatively unknown Godwin Obaseki. Obaseki was hardly visible throughout the campaign and never traded words with his opponents.
Oshiomole led the campaign fierecdely and sold a bad image of Ize-Iyamu to Edo people giving them reasons why he should not be trusted to control the state and its cofer. It was a bitter election race as friends turned enemies. It was like Oshiomole who came on the No more godfatherism mantra was going for a third term through a proxy.
After his inauguration things began to turn sour between the elected governor Obaseki and Adams Oshiomole and some other party officials. He was said to be strict on mixing politics with governance and was stingy in sharing the states money among the people.
A majority of the House of Assembly members are yet to be inaugurated as they insist on producing the Speaker of the House which the governor sees as a ploy to get him impeached and with latest development that could not have been ruled out.
So In 2012, Ize-Iyamu, DG oshiomole APC Governorship Campaign, 2016 – PDP Governorship Candidate, Obaseki APC, 2020 – Ize- Iyamu APC Governorship candidate, Obaseki PDP Governorship Candidate.
2016 – Oshiomole Vs Ize-Iyamu (Obaseki as godson)
2020 – Oshiomole VS Obaseki (Ize-Iyamu as godson)
This generation of children sabi rebel against their fathers sha. Las Las na the people of Edo go settle the matter for ballot box. Let the campaigns begin.