Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says he will not be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC) any time soon.
Governor Obaseki, who gave the hint while speaking to State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, said such a move will negatively affect his credibility.
Governor Obaseki said he was at the State House on an appreciation visit to the President, following last weekend’s Governorship election, which he won and was thus re-elected as Governor of Edo State.
Recall that the Governor dumped the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his disqualification from the Party’s Gubernatorial primaries.
Fielding questions from State House Correspondents after the parley with President Buhari, he said leaving the PDP for the APC runs contrary of the President’s integrity mantra.
He also submitted that he will not attempt to replace former APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the new godfather of Edo politics, adding that if he does, “I should be dealt with accordingly.”
The Governor’s stand is coming against the backdrop of Governor Nyesom Wike’s comments on a Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday that Governor Obaseki could return to the APC if he so desires.
“I don’t want to discuss something that is not going to be possible. However, assuming it happens, so what? That is politics.”
“If the Governor believes that the PDP is no longer a Party for him to actualise his vision and his mission, there is nothing wrong but I don’t believe that it is going to happen because the Governor has consistently told us that there is no way he will leave the PDP. If he leaves the PDP, people in Edo State will not be happy.”
“And he is somebody I have that trust in that he will not leave the Party. This is a Party that clothed him. This is a Party that when it was raining, gave him an umbrella, Governor Wike said.
Governor Wike also alluded that he did not play a big and overt role in Governor Obaseki’s re-election but only acted as the Chairman of his campaign council.
He said he merely supervised the campaign, presented strategies and gave guidance just as he posited that Governors Seyi Makinde and Ifeanyi Okowa of Oyo and Delta States played great roles in the said elections.
Governor Wike further said he did not fund Governor Obaseki’s campaign because the Governor already had enough money to execute his campaign.
“What resources could I have deployed? He is a sitting Governor. What resources can I give him that he does not have?, he asked rhetorically.