Oshiomhole and Obaseki: Drama in Edo

17 Jun 2020

Hi Folks,

Trust you are well and keeping safe. The month of June has brought about a number of events, most of which are unpalatable.

There has been loss of eminent lives, from Ibidunni Itua-Ighodalo to Senator Bayo Osinowo (a.k.a Pepperito) and now ace broadcaster, Dan Foster. The killings by the dreaded group, Boko Haram experienced a surge in the last couple of days as well.

In politics, the never ending squabbles between the (former) National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor, reached a climax on Tuesday as Obaseki resigned from the party just before an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja sacked Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the party.

The sort of squabbles that runs between Oshiomhole and Obaseki is such that one would never expect from leaders, did I hear you say “but they are human”? Yes, they are humans but as leaders; certains attitudes are not pardonable.

What should have been resolved amicably, became a national issue with both parties trading words across the media and unfortunately, the party may be the one to suffer for it all.

Opinions have come for and against the big fishes with most favoring Obaseki. Dissenting voices however, blamed Obaseki for daring to bite the fingers that fed him.

Obaseki has expressed confidence that he will win the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo state, regardless  of whichever party he chooses to run on.

My take away from the squabble is that it is a reflection of the type of leadership and follower-ship that runs in our country.

Should the rift have lasted to this point? I think not. What do you think?

Covid-19 is still very much around and I implore you not to lose your guards, keep washing your hands, stay away from public places if you are sick and contact a doctor and maintain good hygiene.

Remember to make someone happy through your acts of kindness at any given opportunity.


Ilupeju B