No cold war between Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole – Charles Idahosa


Charles Idahosa, former Political Adviser to the former governor of Edo State, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, has denied insinuations in some quarters that there is rancor between his erstwhile boss and his successor, Godwin Obaseki.

In a chat with the Armada, Idahosa who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, said the duo understands each other too well to have open disagreement. He also allayed fears of wrangling within the ranks of the party’s leadership. “There is no problem in the party at all. It is very easy to work together to secure victory in an election. But after the victory managing the success is usually a big problem. What you people are calling problem is not really a problem.”

“It is just a little disagreement among leaders in some local government areas. These things happened when the governor wanted to meet with some leaders of some wards in Edo South with seven  local government areas and 77 wards to say thank you after the election and requested that each ward be represented by a leader but this did not go down with some of them considering the size of the senatorial district, but the governor in the subsequent meetings increased the number to three leaders per ward. I think that is what led to the misunderstanding.” But he assured the Armada that this aspect of the squabble in the party would be settled soon. The other fallout of the meeting had security implications that the security operatives are tackling.

“There were certain things that were said in the course of the argument and some people were not comfortable with such pronouncements. Thus, they now involved the security people. I was not at that meeting but I was told the Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the governor who was trying to help control the crowd was assaulted as well. I cannot comment much on this second aspect as it is now receiving judiciary attention.”

On the party leadership aspect, Idahosa said he has spoken with the party leader in the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki and assured that machineries are being put in place for any issues to be resolved by the leaders’ caucus.
On the purported infighting between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, Hon. Idahosa said: “There is no problem between them. It is just what people expect.
Don’t forget the role the former governor played in the election of the incumbent. They have worked together for eight years. They understand each other well and there is no problem that they cannot resolve between themselves without involving outsiders. As far as I am concerned there is no problem between them. I was a political adviser to the former governor and was close enough to him. I was also schoolmate of the incumbent governor. It was not difficult for the former governor to seek my support for the gubernatorial ambition of the incumbent ahead of the primaries.”

Idahosa stated that “Godwin Obaseki is not that kind of person. If they expect that he’ll have an open spat with his predecessor they’ll wait forever. He is a complete gentleman. I have heard a lot of people complain that since he won the elections he has not given them audience. But I tell them that he has just assumed office so they should let him focus on how he will take the state to the next level” insisting that ‘As I speak with you, he is outside the country talking with some investors on how to improve the economic fortune of the state. He is not going to seat down for hours having meetings with party leaders when there’s work to be done.’