By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) State Media Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship election has said the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is governing an empty government house, adding that he is on his way to an embarrassing defeat at the polls.
This is just as about three commissioners and a Special Adviser on Monday called it a quit to the Obaseki government and immediately declared their support to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, though it was alleged that the Governor sacked the Commissioners over their refusal to join the PDP.
In a statement issued by John Mayaki, the Chairman of the State Media Campaign Council, the APC said the resignations, expected to continue, are clear indications that the Governor has been rejected by all and will suffer a comprehensive defeat at the polls.
According to him, “While the disheartened and dispirited image-makers of the outgoing governor struggle to mend what is already a shredded image and at the same time console themselves with a meaningless exegesis on the technicalities of the office of those resigning from the Edo State Government in massive numbers, it is clear, beyond all doubts, to everyone within and outside the state that Mr. Godwin Obaseki has been rejected.
“Mr. Godwin Obaseki is the now the governor of an empty Government House. Everyone is heading for the exit. They do not want to partake in his looming disgrace out of power because his failure is his alone.”
“Obaseki adopted a self-absorbed and uncaring style of governance, appointing aides only to cripple them by diverting funds meant to run their offices to frivolous quests and a demonic plot to bring down successful sons of Edo state.
“Now that the chicken has come to roost, it is only normal that the aides, many of whom are themselves victims of the governor’s tyranny and reckless actions, will head for the exit and rejoin the APC as we march forward to correct an error made in 2016.
“We know that more people will join us and we are ready to receive them. Obaseki represents a dark past of needless conflicts, rancor, incompetence, and stark failure. He is a nightmare that everyone in the State cannot wait to wake up from. Together with the people of the State, we will consign him to the dust bin of history and turn a new page of peace, unity, and development with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the All Progressives Congress.”