With less than one month to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary for the 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State, there seems to be no let-up in the internal crisis rocking the camp of the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, as some of his loyalists within the party are said to be plotting to dump him in the build up to the primary election.
Sources within the APC informed that there is an internal battle to stop the wave of exodus that is being planned by some of the people who were hitherto believed to be close to Obaseki but were clandestinely working against the second term ambition of the governor.
The new agenda by these set of ‘loyalists’, as discovered by our correspondents, is to activate their plan, which is to dump the governor and move en-mass to the opposing side led by the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, when it is just one week to the APC primary.
The crisis took a dramatic turn during the week with the announcement of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a consensus candidate by the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) ahead of the June 22 primary election.
With the release of the election timetable by INEC, the battle for the 2020 governorship position has become fierce than ever before, especially as the incumbent governor has discovered that he has a herculean task before him following the forces against his second term bid.
Saturday Telegraph sources argued that the majority of those loyal to Obaseki, having read in-between the lines that the battle is very uncertain, are now warming up to dump Obaseki for the National Chairman’s side, while confirming that there would be exodus of the people a week to the primary.
One of the sources said:-
“The Chief of Staff to the governor, Taiwo Akerele, had earlier resigned from his position, and many of his followers also left, given no reason for their action, that is an indication of things to come. “Few days after leaving office, many local government executives attempted to decamp to Oshiomhole’s side, but they were stopped.
“I must tell you that the SSG also had some undisclosed issues with the governor and wanted to resign, but he told him that they are in this together and that he can’t go anywhere.
“Though they have since reconciled, the general view is that most of them want to abandon him, they are just waiting for the last political whistle to be blown”, the source said.
Another source who is a serving member of the House of Assembly and who is believed to be loyal to Obaseki also spoke in the same vein, assuring that Obaseki is out of the race.
“Look, it is over for our governor. Ever since this fight started, I have always be on the side of the governor, but with the way thing are now, it is only a fool that will tell you that Governor Obaseki will survive this gang up.
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