Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo state, Anselm Ojezua, has said that governor Godwin Obaseki, will still be reelected as governor of the state.
Ojezua said this on Friday in reaction to the governor’s chances of reelection following his decision not to appeal his disqualification by the screening committee of the party.
Obaseki was disqualified by the screening committee on Friday.
His disqualification was said to be due to discrepancies in his results. Ojezua said, “they didn’t say he will not contest the election but that he will not contest under the platform of the APC.
“By tomorrow, we will meet and be in a position to make a proper statement on what the future holds for the party in Edo State.”
He called for calm among party members and supporters following what he described as unjust disqualification of governor Obaseki from contesting the Governorship primary of the party. He said the governor has performed credibly well and will be reelected for a second term.
According to him, the result didn’t come as a surprise as the governor had alluded to the fact that he will not get justice from the screening exercise. He however appealed to the supporters of the party in the State to remain calm as the leadership of the party will meet on Saturday, to properly respond to the report of the committee.
Obaseki, Oshiomhole battle Obaseki and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who is also the National Chairman of APC, have been at loggerheads over the governor’s second term bid and other issues. The feud between Obaseki and Oshiomhole has polarised the party in Edo State.
The faction loyal to Oshiomhole endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its consensus candidate for the June 22 governorship primary election of the party.
The feud between the duo has also polarised other organs of the ruling party. Obaseki asked Oshiomhole to recuse himself from the nomination processes of the primary but the party did not act on his request.