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Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Islie: 8:30am On Jan 13
*No agreement on power-shift to Esan in 2024 when Obaseki joined PDP

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Chief Charles Idahosa, former Commissioner for Information in Edo State and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in this interview, speaks on, among others things, the politics of Edo and the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in the certificate forgery case brought against him by the All Progressives Congress, APC.


His take on the Federal High Court, Abuja, dismissal of the certificate forgery suit filed against Governor Godwin Obaseki by the APC

I am not a lawyer but as a layman I knew all the while that there was nothing in the case and it is futile. I wasn’t expecting any surprise. I want to congratulate Governor Obaseki, the PDP and the good people of Edo State.

I also want to congratulate the judiciary for standing on the side of justice. Adams Oshiomhole is the cause of all these problems and tension in the state.

During the governorship election, he was bragging that Obaseki will not be re-elected; that he was going to use federal might to remove him from office. A lot of people fell for that and at the end of the day, over 42 people resigned from Obaseki’s cabinet few days to the election.

It is very important that Edo people now know who Oshiomhole is. After serving as governor for eight years, he still wants to hang on to power by dictating to us who will occupy positions in government.

I think our people will learn their lessons. Oshiomhole has distracted Governor Obaseki enough. We thank God that the judgement has proven that the governor went to a proper school. All his certificates are genuine. At least, Obaseki can now focus on his electoral promises. Those trying to distract him will not succeed.

On the judgement of a Benin High Court nullifying the candidacy of the APC deputy governorship candidate, Gani Audu and what it portends for the PDP in Edo State

It was clear as daylight that that the ticket was faulty. We know all the attempts made by their counsel. They transferred the case from Benin High Court to Abuja. They brought it back.

They said the judge that was handling it in Abuja was too close to Wike. They transferred it again to the Chief Judge. They used all kinds of delay tactics so that they could partake in the election. Now the election is over and they have been humiliated and decimated – they had no candidate.

The people that nominated them; there is a court judgement that their secretariat was illegal. I don’t see it as a victory. They struggled to partake in the election and we beat them with over 88,000 votes.

On comments that Governor Obaseki is yet to constitute his cabinet because of internal crisis in the PDP

There is no crisis whatsoever. Just look at the time he constituted his cabinet in his first term. Was there any crisis then? You see, people just try to create problems where there are none. There is no crisis whatsoever.

The APC said he (Obaseki) was not good enough. This was a man that they cheered and hailed for four years. But he went to the PDP. We are grateful to the PDP. Within a short time, their internal mechanism was moblised.

They already had about four formidable aspirants that were ready for the ticket. We came, they saw the viability in Godwin Obaseki and they gave us the ticket without any election. They all stepped down. So, we appreciate that. There is no problem; he is just taking his time.

There are lots of things that we will not make known to the media that he is putting together in the government. A lot of things went wrong. So, that is what he is really trying to clear before forming a cabinet, not that there is a problem.

Those of you that left the APC for the PDP, how smoothly are you being integrated into the PDP?

I will tell you the truth, it is not smooth. But you have to understand that nobody likes to lose a position. By the time we came into the PDP, they already had standing executives such as local government chairmen, party chairman and others.

And when we left the APC, we had the chairmen of the party in the state, we had local government chairmen and they are now nothing in the new place they have gone to. The people that came with us are now saying, ‘where are we now?’

We are not going to force the PDP to remove their chairmen and then you take over. What we are trying to do is negotiation. We are still talking. We are hopeful that we can do something that will favour those who are with us. We don’t have a major problem.

We won the election in cooperation with the PDP, so we are very happy. The PDP is back in government after about 12 years. So, we will sort it out. It is just that human beings don’t like change.

Some people who were ward chairmen were turned into ordinary persons and not because they lost an election. We are trying to dialogue. It is not a major crisis and at the end of the day, we will get there. As I speak to you, we are talking.

Oshiomhole created a lot of problems within the APC, but we thank God that the PDP welcomed us. They gave us the umbrella when we were looking for succour and we are not going to be ungrateful to them.

But at the same time, we need to negotiate terms because a lot of PDP people are ready to work with us. But we don’t want a situation where many will be so desperate they will go after Obaseki. It was when he was disqualified that we made up our minds to go somewhere else. So, what we are having now is a normal reaction. We will take care of it.

On comments that in the course of Governor Obaseki joining the PDP, one of the conditions put on the table was the Esan agenda— power shift to Esan in 2024.

There was nothing put on the table. Whoever told you that was lying. Is Orbih (Dan), the state chairman at that time, from Esan? There was nothing as a condition to say when we come, there is an Esan agenda.

Godwin Obaseki, as APC governor, had a soft spot for Esan and always believed that there should be fairness in everything and not because he went to the PDP. An agenda that after Obaseki, it would be Esan; nothing like that was discussed in all the meetings that were held.

I am a leader of the party. We will look at the most viable candidate when the time comes. But nobody is thinking about that now. The year 2024 is still far off. A lot of things will happen. So, nothing has been talked about; the agenda of Esan or whatever.

If you watched Obaseki closely during his campaign, he never mentioned anything like that. So, I don’t think it is true that there is an agenda of a particular tribe. When the time comes, we will look at all the candidates that show interest with fairness, because we are all one.

The beauty of Edo is that every ethnic group in the state takes something from the Bini background. So, we are not strangers; we are all Edo people. Among the Edo people, you speak Bini; you speak Etsako; you speak Esan. So, we will look at it and make a decision but we are not talking about that now.

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by JosEast(m): 8:35am On Jan 13
Nigerian politics
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by collum(m): 8:49am On Jan 13
osho-pikin should allow the state gov some space in other for him to deliver on his electoral promised

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by MightySparrow: 9:07am On Jan 13
Make he include Osopikin wife o. GGO is a matured
man.
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Primusinterpares(m): 1:14pm On Jan 13
Them say them say... Was Obaseki the one that said it personally abi na assumption ni?


Singing: Oil dey Obaseki head... He head too strong.


Pls where is Oshomole?

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Tobexyomex: 1:15pm On Jan 13
Obaseki the man of the people

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Nairalandwizerd(m): 1:15pm On Jan 13
Ok
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by IYANGBALI: 1:15pm On Jan 13
There are no good people to select from

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Queenlovely(f): 1:15pm On Jan 13
society is part of the problem and not solution in nigeria,
I keep advocating for strong community everyday, a strong community is like a big brother who will stake his life to protect you.
see most of the silly problems we have in Nigeria and the world in because the community structure had been weakened. if there were good COMMUNITY structure, the community is supposed to know all it's members.
a community that will vouch for you when strangers don't trust you, a community that will expend resources to help you reach your potential.
a community that isolate itself cannot stand the government, it must reach out to other communities. so they can speak with one voice, against crime and other vices in our society,
when the society isolate itself, criminals like Bishop will build infrastructure for the community with Ill gotten wealth, the community has no power then to condemn crime.

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by bigdammyj: 1:16pm On Jan 13
Noted
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Growingboi(m): 1:16pm On Jan 13
The election year in Edo is still very far, Obaseki should concentrate on delivering electioneering promises.

Nonetheless, if Obaseki wants to be fair, he should support a credible candidate from Esan land. Apart from Osunbo that ruled for just a year, Esan people have not ruled Edo state since 1999, they should be considered.

I still support credibility to Tribe/region if you ask me.

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Flackoo: 1:18pm On Jan 13
The Obaseki ooo
The Phillip ooo
The Ize iyamu ooo
The Audu ooo
The oshiomole ooo
The Idahosa ooo
Who among them can stand before witches and wizards at the Benin market square by 1am and swear that he has not at any point in time carpeted Government money for personal use!!!
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:18pm On Jan 13
Make una dey patient dey look, e go soon form am.

On a lighter note....... smiley
Someone's life story is about to change for the better this month......

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by slawormiir: 1:18pm On Jan 13
Damnnn niggarrrr
The wake and see governor for a reason
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by mountmoriah(m): 1:20pm On Jan 13
will soon

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by srequt: 1:20pm On Jan 13
I See.
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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by maxjax(m): 1:21pm On Jan 13
GGO
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by missawele(f): 1:23pm On Jan 13
It is well
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by iLegendd: 1:23pm On Jan 13
Buhari took more time than this and still chose criminals.

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Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by IMASTEX: 1:25pm On Jan 13
Enough of political talks
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Rgade: 1:25pm On Jan 13
Covid-19 I guess.
Whenever I hear obaseki na oshiomole's Whooping wey dey always cross my mind grin
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by 124Concept: 1:25pm On Jan 13
Ok
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by Omezif(m): 1:26pm On Jan 13
We are not practicing standarded Democracy in nigeria, plus nigeria politicians are not obeying the constitution of this country. Anyway I can't blame obaseki from what he learned from his master(buhari).
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by ATEAMS: 1:27pm On Jan 13
No focus
Re: Why Obaseki Is Yet To Form His Cabinet — Idahosa by RichDad1(m): 1:28pm On Jan 13
And when we left the APC, we had the chairmen of the party in the state, we had local government chairmen and they are now nothing in the new place they have gone to. The people that came with us are now saying, ‘where are we now?
Una never see anything cheesy cheesy

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