BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Still basking in the euphoria of his victory at the poll last Saturday, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Friday declared that there is no way he will return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obaseki, who stated this while chatting with journalists shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock Villa, said leaving his new party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC goes against President Buhari’s gospel of integrity.
The governor said Nigerians particularly the people of Edo State should deal with him if he dares or attempt to become a “godfather” after his time in office, stressing that godfatherism does not have a place in Edo State.
Obaseki commended President Buhari for his stance in the Edo Governorship election despite being the national leader of the ruling APC.
Governor Obaseki defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from contesting in the governorship primary election for Edo by the APC under the leadership of its former national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, which led to a squabble between the governor and his former godfather.
He later won the election on the platform of the PDP, having polled 307,955 votes to defeat Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who garnered 223,619 votes.