- Aggrieved youths of Edo state chapter of APC accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of using them to win the 2016 governorship election in the state and dumping them later
- The spokesperson of the group, Tony Kabaka, said if their grievances were not addressed, the governor’s re-election bid in 2020 is not certain
- Kabaka alleged that the youths had been neglected, while others who did not labour for the governor were brought in from abroad
Crisis has erupted in the Edo state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) as some aggrieved youths of the party threatened to withdraw their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki’s re-election in 2020.
Guardian reports that the youths made this known during a press conference at the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and urged national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to prevail on Obaseki to fulfil his promises to the youths.
NAIJ.com gathered that the spokesperson of the group, Tony Kabaka, said if their grievances were not addressed, the governor’s re-election bid in 2020 would be a repeat of the just concluded Ekiti state governorship election.
Kabaka, who regretted supporting the governor in 2016, alleged that the youths had been neglected, while others who did not labour for the governor were brought in from abroad.
“If it were the former deputy Governor, Pius Odubu or Chris Ogiemwonyi we voted for during the election, we would not have been treated this way. Women and elders of the party who voted for him have been abandoned.
“The first employment we got from the governor after the election was imprisonment. Obaseki imprisoned the former women leader and youth leader of the party.”
Kabaka further accused the governor of empowering non-indigenes to the detriment of the youths that supported and voted for him, alleging that projects in the state were being awarded to contractors who are non-indigenes.
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He also accused the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu of abandoning and neglecting the youths, a constituency he was supposed to represent.
According to him, “During the campaigns, Oshiomhole said Shaibu would be the running mate to Obaseki to represent the youths in the cabinet and that he would empower them.
“But now, Oshiomhole should ask the deputy governor how he has empowered the youths since assumption of office two years ago.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki revealed the particular action he took to emerge victorious at the September 28, 2016 gubernatorial polls.
According to reports, Obaseki attributed his victory to praying at the grave of his late grandfather.
The governor made his comments at the New Covenant Gospel Church, Benin, during a thanksgiving service to mark his Supreme Court victory.
Obaseki stated: “When I decided to run for the office of the governor, I went to tell my uncle, Justice Andrew Otutu Obaseki (now late) and seek his blessings.
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