‘I will never return to the APC— Obaseki

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The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has debunked speculations or the possibility of him returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obaseki who won his re-election on September 19, stated this while speaking to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on September 25.

Recall that Governor Obaseki defected from the APC to the PDP in June 2020 following a running battle with his predecessor and former chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole. There has been speculation he might return to the APC the original party that brought him to power in 2016.

However, speaking to state house correspondents after meeting with President Buhari, Governor Obaseki said defecting to the APC would negatively affect his credibility.

”Gleaning from the comments of Mr. President, he said that he wants to leave a democracy that is built on integrity, accountability, and hard work. Those were his words and I subscribe totally to that. It will not show integrity; it will not demonstrate somebody that has an ethical or moral foundation to do what you asked about. I couldn’t have contested in one party, won on that party, and then consider moving to another party. It is not the kind of thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I am sure you will not encourage me to do that.”Governor Obaseki said

The governor praised the president for ensuring that the election in Edo state was free and fair.

”So, this morning we are here in the villa to show our profound gratitude and appreciation for this, which on the surface will look normal but the implications are very far-reaching. Because this is a sitting president whose party was contesting an election and insisted that the right thing be done and a level playing field be created for contestants. By doing so, that singular action has deepened our democracy, far beyond what we can understand and imagine today.

”So, for that act alone, we felt we must come and say thank you. Mr. President in his characteristic humorous manner said he reluctantly congratulated me for beating his party.  He also pointed out that his role first we foremost as president of Nigeria, is to be president of all regardless of your party, race, tribe, creed. We couldn’t ask for more from Mr. President, he really played the role of a statesman.” he said

Responding to a question on whether he will become a godfather after his term in office, the governor said

”In the case of godfathers in our politics, I have said in several fora that the whole concept of godfatherism is very dangerous to our democracy. And that is why when we came into the political fray 2006/2007, the mantra then was to get rid of godfathers from our political life.

The reason is simple, the godfather has no constitutional responsibility, the godfather acts outside the constitution and controls people who are constitutional players. So, if we allow that sort of situation to continue, it will be worse than military rule. When people who have nothing at stake, no checks and balance, just arbitrarily decide that this is the way the constitution should be interpreted or constitutional players should operate, that’s why problems come in.

God forbid I become a godfather, I should be dealt with accordingly because it’s dangerous to the concept of democracy.”

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