The highly anticipated Edo election just came to a close over the weekend, with Governor Godwin Obaseki emerging victorious and extending his tenure as governor of Edo state for another four years.
Several dramatic incidences led up to the governorship election, making it a heated and turbulent campaign process. It initially started with Obaseki’s defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposing party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after falling out with Oshiomole, the APC chairman at the time. Subsequently, Obaseki’s deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who was eventually nominated as Obaseki’s running mate, also resigned from APC. Things were getting heated up.
The boiling rivalry between Obaseki and Oshiomole placed the latter in a position where he had his reputation as the ‘king of the state’ to protect. Despite all antics pulled and tried, Obaseki still emerged the victorious winner; causing a massive blow to Oshiomhole and a fatal loss to the governing party still mourning the loss of Oyo, Adamawa, Bauchi, Zamfara and Bayelsa to the opposition.
Former Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, spoke on the newest development and the internal crisis infesting the APC. The Imo Senator shockingly reveals that things have gone so sour that what exists in the party is nowhere near a common goal but respect by the Emperors and Actors within the ship for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Inferencing from Okorocha’s words, it seems the APC is on the verge of collapse. With President Buhari no longer up for re-election in 2023, one can only imagine that the current crisis is only a misplaced action away from the complete disintegration of the party – a party that hoped to ‘change’ Nigeria. To the discerning mind, these words give much to think about.
Should we be saying ADIEU APC?
Would it come to “Here lies the one who lived but couldn’t solve her internal crises, hence her unfortunate demise? We part to meet no more!”
Is Okorocha just rejoicing over Oshiomhole’s downfall because he dared to stop his aspiration of being the father-in-law to a Governor?
We are watching keenly!
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