April 13, 2024

Edo 2024: Next Governor Must Be a Home Grown Person… We Need Somebody Who is Part and Parcel of Us – Idahosa, PDP BoT Member


Charles Idahosa, PDP BoT member

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Outspoken Edo State politician and a member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Charles Idahosa has said that the party will only support a ‘home boy’ that has lived with Edo people.

The BoT member also chastised Governor Godwin Obaseki, saying he has not right to restrain his deputy’s political ambition, just as he said the inability of leaders to tell the governor the truth contributed to the recent rift between Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu that led to the office of the deputy governor being relocated out of government house.

In chat with journalists in his residence, Idahosa also carpeted the recent celebration of the 60 years anniversary of Midwest Region saying the event was a bazar as it has no significance to Edo people, even as he insisted his position that the next governor must be a home grown person has not changed.

He said former Governor Adams Oshiomhole did not support his deputy but he did not deny him of contesting but only used the leaders to make sure that Obaseki got the ticket and that did not strain their relationship till date.

“If you have been able to work with your leaders and your leaders are happy with you, you don’t need to bother yourself about your deputy governor, tell the leaders and the leaders will do your bidding but the problem came because he (Obaseki) had nobody to go to.”

He appealed to PDP leaders to say the truth and speak up because Obaseki’s administration will come to an end in eight or nine months time.

He also called on the leaders and members of the PDP to put their house in order before the 2024 governorship election to avoid defeat.

“I was disappointed when the rift became public. I was also taken aback by some of the comments of the leaders in Edo State. The major problem we have is weak leadership. What we see here is that people are afraid of telling the truth to power.

“The governor has no right to tell the deputy governor the limit of his political ambition. Obaseki didn’t need to fight Shaibu. The fight was totally uncalled for. What he should have done is sell his candidate to the leaders of the party, who will in turn work for that candidate instead of allowing the issue to degenerate.

“The way deputy governors are being treated in the country, the position will no longer be appealing. After serving as the deputy governor, the next step is to aspire for the position of the governor. So, Shaibu has not done anything wrong.

“When it comes to politics, we need somebody who understands the terrain and who is part and parcel of the people. You don’t go and bring somebody who doesn’t know us. This time, we need somebody who is part and parcel of us. I just pray the PDP puts its house in order before the election.”


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