Edo Crisis: Oshiomhole Anoints Oil Magnate, Okunbor Over Obaseki As Next Edo Governor

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, may end up a one-term governor. He has been, finally, by his estranged political godfather,  the All Progressive Congress, APC, National Chairman, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole, who is, also, Obaseki’s predecessor, has endorsed oil magnate, Hosa  Okunbor as the next governor of the State. It was Oshiomhole who edorsed Obaseki, the then Secretary to the State Government as his successor.

This is coming weeks after Governor  Obaseki visited the former governor at his home town during the Muslim festival where both men dismissed speculations that there was a rift between them, indicating that both men had buried their hatchet.PNL Advertisement

With this new twist from the former Labour leader, it is clear that there is no  light at the end of the tunnel for both men, as they are poised to fight to finish.

It was also gathered that Oshiomhole took Okunbor to meet top APC stalwarts last Saturday night, during which party leaders, stake holders and National leaders of he party met and accepted the choice of Oshiomhole to paddle the  affairs of the party  for the next four years.

Oshiomhole was alleged to have met Chief Edebiri, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other top APC leaders that have the ears of President Muhammadu Buhari and revealed why he decided not to support Obaseki on his second term bid, as against what was being reported in the media.

The relationship between Oshiomhole and Okunbor had existed for long, as both are confidants, although, Okunbor was a strong member of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, and was a major financier before he jumped ship to join his friend in the APC

Okunbor was said to have launched a $750 million Agriculture business in Edo State during the Oshiomhole administration as the governor of the State.

Oshiomhole graced the grand opening of the farm with fanfare, and applauded the innovation as a giant stride.

With this development by the APC National Chairman, Obaseki is not ready to succumb, as he is set to continue his quest to remain at the Edo State Government house till 2024.

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Uche Emmanuel

Uche Emmanuel is a seasoned editor and reporter. He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. He studied Psychology. A blogger for the past 5 years.

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