‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja


DAILY COURIER – The All Progressives Congress, APC has lambasted the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki for what it termed outrageous and divisive statement that Nigeria will break up should Bola Ahmed Tinubu wins the 2023 presidential election.

The attack was contained in a statement signed by the Minister of state, labour and employment, who doubles as the spokesperson of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, titled: Obaseki’s ‘Break-up’ Statement: A Study In Sheer Hypocrisy on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Keyamo said the Edo state governor has developed a reputation for stoking the embers of discord as seen in Edo state APC and PDP like the biblical Satan.

The statement reads: “We read with utter amusement the outburst of the Governor of Edo State claiming Nigeria will break up if the APC wins the Presidential election. This is coming from a Governor who turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the outrageous and divisive statement made by his presidential candidate in Kaduna a few days ago calling for Northerners not to vote for Yoruba or Igbo candidates. This is also coming from a Governor who has so far callously, heartlessly, and undemocratically “broken up” his own State by denying many constituencies of adequate representation in the Edo State House of Assembly by denying the members of their right to take their seats, even though the members were duly elected.

“By making this abhorrent statement, Obaseki has clearly shown that he must be one of the elements within his Party not only misleading his candidate and party but also enabling them towards inevitable electoral doom. This is to our delight, but we worry that if elected, they will inflict the same divisive spirit on our country as a whole.

“It is little wonder then, that his exit from the APC to the PDP was a signal of peace within the APC and the beginning of the unending crises within the PDP. It reminds us of the story of the Biblical Satan whose expulsion from heaven restored peace to that realm and pronounced woe upon the earth. Obaseki and his cohorts, like Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, obviously sold their souls for the Biblical pot of porridge by violating the zoning principles in their own constitution, thereby causing the present implosion within their party – an implosion that he now wishes to project on the country. Compare that to the historical stance of the APC Northern Governors who insisted on the unity of this country by rejecting power offered to them on a platter of gold, but rather insisted on power shift to the South to keep this country together.

“We are shocked by the shallowness of thinking, the sheer temerity, and the obfuscating arrogance that pushed Governor Godwin Obaseki to make such an outrageous statement against the APC. We call on Governor Obaseki to apologize to the people of Edo State, to the people of the Southern region, and to Nigerians as a whole for making such an insensitive and reckless statement in the face of PDP’s insensitivity to the principle of power rotation in the country.

“Certainly, the day of reckoning with the masses is coming for the likes of the Judas of our time, Governor Godwin Obaseki!”

DAILY COURIER reports that Obaseki had warned Nigerians not to vote for the candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the forthcoming presidential election, he said that the country risks breaking up if he wins. He made the comment while inaugurating the state’s PDP campaign council in Benin yesterday.

“This election has become an existential one which should be sacrificial on our path so that we can extricate the nation from the brink of collapse with the national indebtedness rising to 60 trillion Naira”

“The country will disintegrate should the APC win the forthcoming general elections, God forbid ” Obaseki said.