Edo, Obaseki, Oshiomhole And Political Miscalculations
ElevateNews takes a look at the crisis between Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole is so silent despite his eloquence.
It is the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki that is very loud now as none of the two is ready to bow for each other.
A few weeks ago, Obaseki boasted in a viral video that he would deal with Oshiomhole if the latter would not humble himself in Edo State.
In fact, Obaseki said that he would show Oshiomhole that he is the governor of Edo and since Oshiomhole had been suspended, the national chairman should not try anything untoward in Edo.
What amazes me in this crisis is the purported suspension of Oshiomhole by Edo APC while the former Governor still remains the National Chairman.
The question to ask here is under which political party will Obaseki contest? And if it is APC, which is under the control of Oshiomhole, will the party be ready to sell nomination form to an aspirant who is not ready to obey the party rules.
If Oshiomhole still gives instruction to the APC executive at the State levels, will he allow the sale of form to Obaseki who does not recognize him as a member of the party?
This is where Obaseki must take it easy, even if he has the support of all the executive members of the Edo State APC.
Obaseki should remember and learn from what happened to the former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode that none of the APC executives would be among the electoral umpires during the primary.
Even if Obaseki could buy the electoral umpires as done by Ambode, the National Executive of the APC could impose its own candidate.
It was obvious that no governorship primary took place in Lagos. While the electoral umpires were preparing to organize the primary, the results were already announced that the current Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had won.
Oshiomhole and other members of the APC National Working Committee quickly accepted the results in spite of the irregularities.
If Obaseki eventually scales this hurdle, one will like to take a tutorial from him. He must have come up with new arithmetic that is smarter than Oshiomhole.
The national Chairman has been so silent. This could be dangerous for Obaseki.
Perhaps, the governor should visit the former Lagos State Governor and the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to take a lecture on how he survived his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to clinch the second term ticket.
Tinubu never wanted Fashola for the second term but the governor explored both loyalty and compromise to suppress the anger of his former boss.
Fashola never used any gutter language against Tinubu. He would not speak evil of Tinubu even when he was pushed to the wall and people wanted him to react.
It is surprising that Obaseki is not ready to compromise his pride so that he can serve his people more.
Of course, nobody could dictate to Oshiomhole while serving as governor. Obaseki should devise a more civilized way to settle the problem with Oshiomhole.