The former national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, has again openly admitted that he made a mistake in supporting Godwin Obaseki to become Edo state governor in 2016.
The former Edo governor spoke on Sunday while addressing members of the ruling party in Benin, the state capital. Oshiomhole said he has come to apologise for his miscalculations, seeking a new understanding from his party men, telling the crowd that Obaseki whom he aggressively campaigned for in 2016 was a “bad product.”
Oshiomhole, former president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had a running battle with his anointed successor which led to the defection of Obaseki from the APC to the PDP after he was disqualified from running on the platform of the ruling party in the forthcoming guber election in the state.
According to the former governor, “Obaseki is MoU governor, but Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a man of God, who will ensure good governance in Edo State from November 12 this year.”
He continued, “I have made my honest mistakes. Only God is perfect. I am now 68 years old. I have come to apologise for the mistake of supporting Obaseki in 2016. I am in Edo State to repair my mistakes.
“Obaseki has abused the trust of Edo people. With our permanent voter cards, we shall punish Obaseki on September 19. Ize-Iyamu will not repeat the mistakes of Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu will take Edo State to the next level.
“Obaseki pretended for almost eight years, while he did not believe in what I was doing as the governor.
“In 2007, Ize-Iyamu stepped down for me. In 2012, he was the Director-General of my re-election campaign organisation and we won in all the 18 local government areas of Edo. I will work for the election of Ize-Iyamu.”
The Edo guber election is billed to take place on the 19th of September and many analysts predict a straight, tough battle between Godwin Obaseki (PDP) and Osagie Ize-Iyamu (APC).