Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, of plotting to impeach him by saying that he need not worry about being removed from office if the opposition secures a majority in the state assembly election.
In a statement, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki’s special adviser on media projects, said that the people of Edo will stand up for Obaseki and stop Oshiomhole’s plan to remove him from office.
In an interview in Benin over the weekend, Oshiomhole, who is now the senator-elect for Edo North, was said to have said that his successor shouldn’t worry about being impeached if he loses the State Assembly election if he did an excellent job as governor.
“Of the number of people who are contesting, how many are new members who are seeking election for the first time and how many are old members who probably have been elected before?” Oshiomhole queried.
“There is no truth in it unless the governor feels that he has committed so much atrocities that he is now afraid that he cannot stand the rigour of democratic governance.”
In response, Osagie said, “The recent statement by the former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on the fate of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo State House of Assembly polls exposes his insidious plan to oust the current governor through impeachment.
“We are, however, confident that, like it happened in 2020 when Edo people stood with the governor despite the bullying and intimidation by Oshiomhole and his paymasters, Edo people will again rise in defence of the governor at the polls on Saturday, March 11; vote massively for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and elect a House controlled by the PDP.
“Obaseki has never placed his confidence in any man or godfather. He has placed his confidence in God and the people.
“It is also curious that it is Oshiomhole who has come forward with the agenda of the APC and not any of the candidates. One wonders if Oshiomhole will be a member of the Edo State House of Assembly after the polls. This, obviously, points to who and where the instructions will be issued if the party’s candidates are mistakenly elected into the House.”