Edo 2020: Buhari wades into Oshiomhole, Obaseki rift
Ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo State, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for truce between incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Recall that the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has being embroiled in crisis for a while now over next year’s governorship election.
According to a report by The Nation, some members of the APC under the auspices of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) vowed to stop Governor Obaseki from securing the party’s ticket to run for the election.
The EPM members who claim to be loyalists of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole accused Governor Obaseki of alienating those that brought him to power and destruction of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s legacies.
But Governor Obaseki, in several fora, said those against his second term bid were few politicians he refused to give government money to.
However, presidential sources confirmed that Governor Obaseki was at the villa on Friday to brief the President about his 2020 ambition and those opposing him.
According to the source who asked not to be named, the President asked Obaseki to meet with his predecessor, Oshiomhole and he got them talking.
It was learnt that the intervention of Buhari made a meeting between Oshiomhole and Obaseki to be held in Abuja in the presence of some top personalities and party chieftains.
According to the source, “Last night, President Buhari got Oshiomhole and Obaseki talking. This is the same Obaseki that said he can never see Oshiomhole.
“He is now stretching the olive branch but his aides are not sincere with him. Oshiomhole remained a constant equation in the whole arrangement. He has never spoken about Edo 2020.”