Tony Osauzo, Benin
The political development in Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) resonated in Edo State, on Tuesday, with a chieftain of the party in the state, Mr. Charles Idahosa, expressing hope that Governor Godwin Obaseki would not experience the predicament being faced by Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
Speaking to journalists, in Benin-City, ahead of his 65th birthday which comes up Friday this week, Idahosa said the picture of events in Edo State was in his mind when he was reading how Governor Ambode ran into problems with the APC leadership in Lagos State.
Idahosa, a former Political Adviser to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, assured that Edo APC would not allow its current problems to degenerate to the level of Lagos State.
Expressing surprise on the Governor Ambode issue, Idahosa said he never knew APC leaders were aggrieved and cautioned Lagos APC to handle the matter with care to avoid the party loosing the state to opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Consequently, Idahosa said that party leaders in Edo State would not wait till few weeks to the 2020 governorship election before trashing out whatever issues they have with Governor Obaseki.
“When I was reading the papers about Ambode, I was reading Edo State. Our problems will not get to the level of that of Lagos State. We will not let it get to that level, we will intervene.
“Our governorship election will be in isolation and it will be terrible to have problems. We will sit with the Governor and discuss our way out. The Governor is dreaming of an eldorado.
“He is more of a technocrat. In the process of pursuing the big contracts and big firms like Gelegele seaport, he needed to carry along small projects that will keep people going.
“Oshiomhole kept people busy with red roof revolution. A situation where you forget the political leaders and pursuing big projects that will take about four years to complete. We should embark on something we are seeing now.
“We can talk. If he doesn’t want to talk, we will continue to say what is right. The National Chairman will not want to lose the state and we will not leave the APC, we will stay and fix the problems”, he said.