By David Olalekan.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has spoken on his rift with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Oshiomhole, in an interview with Channels Television, revealed that shortly after a reconciliatory meeting between him and Governor Obaseki, the governor surprisingly sacked the only commissioner he (Oshiomhole) had nominated into his cabinet.
The APC national chairman frowned at the fact that some of the projects he initiated while as governor of Edo State has been long abandoned by his successor, Obaseki.
He, however noted that he has no financial disagreement with the governor neither does he interfere in Obaseki’s choice of projects.
“We have no argument over money or appointment. In the meeting we held with four governors, including Governor Bagudu, I asked the governor (Obaseki) how many commissioners did I nominate in your cabinet. He agreed that I only nominated one person out of more than 20 commissioners.
“Not many Nigerians will believe that because for me I was out of government and I have convinced myself that the day I step out of government, that is it. After that first meeting, the governor decided to remove that one commissioner along with seven others. But that is not my business.
“The governor can never tell you that I have interfered in his choice of projects and so on. The only thing I feel a bit worried about is that some of the projects we started together have been abandoned. There is no way to solve disagreements without talking to the aggrieved parties”, Oshiomhole stated.
He clarified that contrary to public knowledge, he had no sinister plans to oust Governor Obaseki from office.
“Let me assure you. This governor is not under threat. It is those who make money from crisis, those I call merchants of confusion, who can tell the governor that he wants to be impeached. What will I gain if Godwin does not run a second term”, Oshiomhole queried.
The duo are reported to be at loggerheads over Oshiomhole’s alleged refusal to endorse Obaseki’s second term ambition.
The rancour between both men had led to intense crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly.