For almost 4 year now, Godwin Obaseki has be in a long drawn battle with Oshiomhole, the suspended Chairman of the APC. And that has been of serious distraction to him, until recently when the FCH high court interlocutory order, which stopped Oshiomhole from acting as chairman of APC till the suit before it is determined, brought the APC, the IGP and the DG progressive governors forum to take over the fight. This is one of the greatest political twist in Nigeria’s history.
The DG progressive governors forum, had earlier written a letter to the Akande’s reconciliation committee, detailing Oshiomhole’s infractions. This the Oshiomhole’s supporters had showed anger over., even with a court threat; but the DG insisted on his position. So, when Adams Oshiomhole ran to procure a counter order from Kano high court to upturn the FCT high court order, the DG came into the scene fully, and asked the governors to immediately name Oshiomhole’s replacement.
For the IGP, he introduced into the Obaseki vs Oshiomhole fight, around November 2019 when against the Edo state APC party executive wish and without their approval, Oshiomhole was planning an alleged mega rally to receive Ize-iyamu into the APC. Note that, Ize-iyamu had then just defected from the PDP, on the influence of Oshiomhole who had promised to give him the APC’s ticket, instead of Obaseki. Then, Oshiomhole who had earlier gotten a police permit to hold the rally, was at the dying minute asked to stop by the IGP. The said the stoppage was to prevent public disorder.And Oshiomhole in his usual character made some very unguided statement about the IGP. Now, immediately Oshiomhole had ran to get a counter order from the Kano high court, which was not actionable, because a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot upturn the order or judgement of another court of same jurisdiction. So, Oshiomhole’s Kano order was a direct invitation for chaos. And the IGP came in fully, to warn him never to try go into the APC Secretariat.
However, the APC itself who had watched its chairman dance naked in the public, under the guise of fighting Obaseki all these while; and who even had set up a reconciliation committee, decided to now come into the matter. Meanwhile, the national deputy chairman of APC Northeast Salihu, had earlier asked Oshiomhole to resign. The Progressive Governors Forum of the APC have not been happy with Oshiomhole. So, the APC through its Ag secretary Giadom, has taken over the running of the party, barring Oshiomhole and his men from entering the Secretariat. He has even called for a NEC meeting, to hold on March 17, which may possibly ends Oshiomhole’s fate as Chairman.
This is how the fight Obaseki has be into with Oshiomhole was suddenly taken over by the DG progressive governors forum, the IGP, and the APC itself. With this, Oshiomhole becomes a paper weight politician in EDO state, giving Obaseki a firm hold on the party’s structure. So with the party’s primaries very close, and the Bisi Akande’s reconciliation committee, which will have less work to do, when Oshiomhole is deposed as the party’s chairman, Obaseki may have nothing to actually fear about his second term ticket. However, he must start bridge building from this moment to bring Edo APC together, going into the forthcoming election.