The former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, last week, returned to the turf with an apology to the Edo people for ‘foisting’ Governor Godwin Obaseki on them and promised to return the state back to them on September 19, when his choice candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu would be elected governor.
According to him,he supported the governorship aspiration of Godwin Obaseki in 2016, to ensure the continuity of his projects and programmes.
Oshiomhole, addressing APC members at the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin, said: “Obaseki is an MoU (Memoranda of Understanding) governor, but Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a man of God that will ensure good governance from November 12.
He added: “I have made my honest mistakes. Only God is perfect. I am now 68 years old. I have come to apologise for the mistake of supporting Obaseki in 2016. I am in Edo State to correct my mistakes. God had a reason for what happened to Ize-Iyamu in 2016. Leaving as the national chairman of APC is to give me enough time to correct my errors.
In the early years of Obaseki’s governorship, Adams Oshiomhole, then national chairman of APC, had described Godwin Obaseki, as a governor who workes for the state using his brain and creativity.
Oshiomhole, who praised the governor during the governorship campaign of 2016, said a building at the government house should be named after Obaseki for his selfless service.
Oshiomhole said while he was governor of Edo, Obaseki helped him build the economy team of the state with his network.
“I know my limit. He knows his limit. Godwin Obaseki has worked for seven and half years for the people of Edo state, using his brain, creativity, quietly, not making noise,” Oshiomhole said.
“He sits in the office of the economic team which he built using his network of friends inside the heart of government house without demanding one naira.
“A man like that who will not ask me to give him contracts, but will promise me, comrade, you just do the thinking, we will create the means to actualise your thoughts. And to his credit today, check the books of Edo state, we did not build new structures in government house with government money. That economic team office was built through Godwin’s network. Today, it remains a permanent asset of the state government.
“I want us to be calling that building Godwin Obaseki building. I don’t see your opponent Ize-Iyamu being able to say that.”
”In 2007, check the records, Ize-Iyamu was hiding from EFCC. He didn’t not vote. How can somebody who didn’t vote claim that he made me.”, Oshiomhole had said.
“If you have to look at Godwin and his credentials and you look at a man whose only work, by his CV, was a student and rusticated for two years, he read law but he is not a barrister. That is his foundation. I never gave him government job. Lucky Igbinedion’s mother was reported to have slapped Ize-Iyamu for misleading her son. He tried it with me, but we kept him away. Nothing near government circle. No access to public funds.Look at the road to his house, in our books, was dual carriage way. They took the money, constructed the road to his house and stopped. Although we have liquidated the godfathers politically, the entire political family will be liquidated.”
In a short video, Oshiomhole had stated reasons why he never appointed IZE IYAMU into government. According to him,
“It is true we found ourselves in the region of politics working together, but I never gave him government job,”
The video is an excerpt from Channels TV’s live coverage of the rally.
Continuing, Mr Oshiomhole said, “I kept him (Ize-Iyamu) busy, let him be holding midnight meeting which he is used to. Ask him, since he was the DG (of my campaign organisation), why did I not appoint him into government?”
“We kept him away, nothing near government circle, no access to public fund.”
Mr Oshiomhole, in the 10-minute video, said Mr Ize-Iyamu was a “GM of one wuru-wuru” company and accused him of ruining the administration of Lucky Igbinedion in Edo State.
Mr Oshiomhole said the likes of Mr Ize-Iyamu would never be allowed to return to the government of Edo State.
Obaseki has ‘brain’, ‘creativity’ to work for Edo people – Oshiomhole
In the video, Mr Oshiomhole praised Mr Obaseki as one who has used his “brain” and “creativity” to work for the good of the state and the people.
“You are a winner and not a loser.
“You are what God says you are.”