A former commissioner of Education in Edo State and a People Democratic Party, PDP Chieftain Prince Kassim Afegbua has pledged his unwavering support to the candidature of the All Progressives Congress governorship aspirants Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. According to him, he will join forces with the APC candidate to ensure that Godwin Obaseki does not return to the government house in September.
Afegbua who stated this in an exclusive chat with Vanguard carpeted the party for offering its ticket to Obaseki who decamped to the PDP barely a week ago.
Condemning what he called the governor’s desperation to run for a second term at all cost, the former commissioner came hard against his own party, wondering how Obaseki it once branded a failure, suddenly merited the ticket so much that all three aspirants stepped down for him.
“We will join hands collectively with the APC candidate to ensure that Godwin Obaseki does not return. I am a PDP member, but I will vote APC.
A man with the humility of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is better than a governor who fights everyone who disagrees with him.
“Edo has become too polarised over avoidable and needless battles. Let us have new leadership that will usher in quiet and peace to everyone.
The noises from the Obaseki aspiration have become too polluted and cannot be in the best interest of anyone,” he said. According to him, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama ought to have stuck to his guns by running in the primaries, noting however that his decision to chicken out like others, would hurt the PDP in many ways than one.
“Hon. Ogbeide-Ihama got swallowed up by the politics of money that has become the bane of Nigerian politics.
He was ambushed by Governor Obaseki’s desperation who was ready to use any amount to railroad people in the party to buy into his aspiration.
“How can someone who did not buy nomination form, who came in when the sale of forms had closed, screening had closed, congresses for the election of delegates had closed, and all of a sudden, because he has state resources to spend, all rules were bent to accommodate him and made to become the candidate? he asked.
Afegbua continued: “Only yesterday, Edo PDP scored Obaseki F9 in its sectoral analyses, and today, the same man who scored F9 all through in terms of performance, has suddenly become the head of the PDP corner.
“A governor who PDP challenged in 2016 for discrepancies in his submissions has suddenly become the candidate of the party. How do you explain such a scenario? For me, I still hold the view that Ogbeide-Ihama had a better opportunity to pull through if they had allowed Obaseki to settle for another party. “It would have been a matter of three candidates and PDP would have had a better grip. I was shocked to see all three aspirants stepped down in the face of pressure. Even Kenneth Imasuangbon who was shouting on top of his voice that he would pull through, buckled suddenly and swallowed his misplaced pride.
“The same governor who has been accusing his former APC leaders of wanting him to share money came to PDP and started doing the same.
Delegates were given money, situations were traded off, and everyone was fighting head over heels for peanuts. Quite unfortunate, but the level of hunger in town can confuse anybody.
It is shameful. “We must begin to interrogate the processes leading to the outcome and not just the outcome alone. It is morally reprehensible for someone to join a party 24 hours and took away all the privileges by nebulous waivers.
“That is a sickening democracy, by all intents and purposes. The party would have at least ask for deputy governorship.
As it is now, it is like surrendering your house to an emergency tenant who does not believe in your house, but needed it for temporary shelter.”