The former Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Edo State, Kasaim Afegbua, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of conceding the party’s governorship ticket to the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki because he controls the state resources which will be used to finance the campaign.
Afegbua who is a chieftain of the party described the choice of the state Governor as a bad omen. He further stated that the party grabbed the incumbent Governor’s trousers by the pocket.
The former Commissioner stated this in a statement released on Sunday against the backdrop of the PDP’s plot to suspend him at his ward.
He said, “My current position is informed by a number of factors. First, it is wrong for a party to surreptitiously surrender its apparatus, privileges, structures and ‘ideological’ stratosphere to a new entrant as though there were no persons in the party.”
Afegbua lamented that the party postponed its primary to allow Governor Obaseki to participate in the electoral process.
“If the urge was dictated by altruistic intention to feature Godwin Obaseki on account of strong and result-driven leadership, or performance, one could have understood, but anywhere I turned, the motivation was that Obaseki has state funds to fund the campaigns. Should that be a selling point if truly we are serious-minded opposition?”
He further stated that three months ago, PDP condemned the state Governor for his lacklustre leadership, scoring him F9 in all the critical sectors of the Edo economy.
Recall that Obaseki joined PDP after the All Progressives Congress disqualified him from participating in the June 22 primary election, alleging inconsistency in his certificate.