Indications emerged on Sunday morning that the embattled incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, may not be seeking reelection in the next year’s 2020 governorship election.
According to reports, the Governor who has severally said he deserved another term, gave the hint at an interdenominational thanksgiving service of the just concluded Edo “Alaghodaro” Summit, in Benin City.
Although, he didn’t give much details as to why the sudden change of mind, even when he only recently declared he was not leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the state’s number one seat.
Obaseki said, “I have since come to realize that it is God who gives power, not any man. I stand by my words that no one made me governor. And one man (apparently referring to Oshiomole) cannot stop me in 2020, if I chose to run. But I may not be running after all.
“My government came on board in 2016, with a promise to reposition the state and close the treasury against looters and disgruntled politicians, shut out political thugs, CDAs; and we have so far succeeded in doing that.
“But the crisis within my party has overwhelmed and overshadowed our performance. I have since opted to focus on good governance and in completing our first term, while I go back to my normal business which is suffering greatly.”
Editorial Times gathered that Obaseki, who once said in 2016 that he won’t be seeking re-election at the expiration of his first term, has been at loggerheads with his predecessor and national chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, with the governor accusing the latter of ‘godfatherism.’
Efforts to obtain comments from the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, were unsuccessful. But an official of the Edo state government, who craved anonymity, confirmed the development.