Former information and orientation Commissioner in Edo state Prince Kassim Afegbua said on Sunday that the selection of Governor Godwin Obaseki as the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate was a bad omen.
He said it would be wrong for the PDP to concede Obaseki’s gubernatorial ticket because he controlled public funds for campaign Finance.
Afegbua asked the PDP for allegedly grabbing Obaseki’s trousers by the pocket.
He outlined his position in a statement in Abuja amid a plot to remove him from his office.
Afegbua said in good conscience that he could not put up with the candidacy of Obaseki, who de-marketized the PDP in 2016.
He said: “my current situation is determined by a number of factors. First, it is wrong for the party to secretly give its apparatus, privileges, structures and “ideological” stratosphere to a new candidate, as if there are no people in the party.
“Within 24 hours, the planned primary elections were postponed, and all processes leading to the planned event were disrupted. If the motivation was dictated by an altruistic intent to show Godwin Obaseki because of strong and results-oriented leadership or performance, one could understand, but wherever I turned, the motivation was that Obaseki has public funds to Fund campaigns. Should this be a selling point if we are really serious opposition?
Just three months ago, the state branch of the PDP criticized Governor Obaseki’s lackluster leadership in the state and gave him a top five in all the most important sectors of the Edo economy: health, education, human capital development, infrastructure, and the economy.