Emotions were mixed yesterday over the resignation of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki from the All Progressives Congress While the 18 Local Government Leaders in the state welcomed the change, Anselm Ojezua, Chairman of his camp in the state APC, said he would not switch to another party with the governor.
The council chairmen, under the aegis of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), reaffirmed their support for the re-election bid of Obaseki.
Chairman of the Obaseki group Anselm Ojezua revealed that he would remain in office till 2022 as chairman of APC despite beuing expelled last week for anti-party activities by the National Working Committee (NWC).
”I still have my mandate as the elected Chairman of APC in Edo State. I intend to complete the mandate.”
However, the anti-Obaseki Edo APC Chairman, Col. David Imuse (rtd.), described the governor’s resignation as good riddance to bad rubbish.
Imuse said: “Obaseki’s resignation of his membership of APC is a highly welcome development. It is expected. His resignation will in no way affect Edo State APC.
“We are preparing for our party’s June 22 governorship primary election through direct mode, to elect the standard bearer of APC for the September 19 poll.”
A former Deputy Governor, Rev. Peter Obadan, said he was sure that Obaseki would hand over power to another governor on November 12,
Obadan, who served as deputy to Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, added that APC was better off without the governor.
The Rivers State APC chapter said that it would not be disturbed by the remarks made by the governor, Nyesom Wike, on the disqualification of Obaseki.
The group, in a statement by its Caretaker Chairman, Igo Aguma, told Wike that Oshiomhole would lead the party to victory in the state of Edo.
Nevertheless, the resignation of Obaseki as a member of the APC did not avoid hearing the case brought by two of his allies before the Court of Appeal, Benin, on form of governorship primary in the state on 22 June.
The presiding judge, Justice Morenike Ogunwomiju, who was accompanied by Justices Sam Oseji and Moore Adumein, adjourned till tomorrow, further hearing in the suit.
The members of National Working Committee (NWC) of APC, had on May 21, declared that the governorship primary election in the state would be by direct mode, while Obaseki’s allies are still pushing for indirect mode.