VIDEO: Obaseki fumes, “how can I be the governor and not be governor?”

Edo State Governor  Godwin Obaseki has said as long as he remains governor the state will not be used as a mere pawn in a political game.

Obaseki said he would no longer allow a certain individual to continue to lord over the state, making all federal appointments and cancelling the elections he had conducted.

He said these while speaking with members of the Benin Community resident in the Federal Capital Territory at Edo State Lodge, Abuja, on Friday.

Obaseki told the group led by Dickson Omoregie that individuals who were unhappy with his administration’s refusal to share state resources were behind the political crisis  in the state.

He said he was focused on fulfilling  his promise to  the people of the state and that he would not be deterred even if he would serve for only one term.

According to him, he is not in office for money or fame.

He insisted the state was peaceful despite the political crisis.

He said the people would have taken to the streets to protest against the decision of the House of Representatives to take over the state  House of Assembly if there was no peace in the state.

He said he promised during his campaign to help develop the state.

The governor said, “I  did this (developing the state) silently behind the scenes for eight years before I became governor.”

Obaseki added, “The money we are getting from Abuja isn’t enough. So, given my background, I sought to bring investors so that they can engage our people.

“I have gone to great lengths to try to explain; it is about reform to change Edo from what it is to what we hope and pray for it to be.

“I don’t have any future political ambition, but only to finish by the grace of God and go back to my business which is suffering. I didn’t come to make money at  Government House, I didn’t come to make a name. By the grace of God, He has given me one.

 “Edo is for Edo people, not for individuals, no matter who they think they are, we all will play our own roles and leave, what will remain is our state.

“I have endured so much as governor. As governor, I have not been able to even nominate somebody for a federal appointment. Meanwhile,  federal appointments are made every day, I will sit down they will call me from the Senate.  Are you aware of this? I keep quiet; I cannot be governor and not be governor.”

He said all his actions had been in the best interest of the people of the state, adding that the political crisis was “an embarrassment”.

Obaseki said it was embarrassing that he was being ridiculed when “at the centre, we have one of our own person who is supposed to superintend this”.

In what appeared to be a veiled reference to the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, he said, “So, if your children are fighting and you cannot come and settle them then what authority do you have to even be a father?”

He argued that even if he was the worst governor of Edo State, it remained a fact that he was the only APC governor in the South-South and South-East.

Obaseki said were it not for his patience as governor, the state would have gone the way of Zamfara State where the party lost every elective position during the last elections.

He said, “How can I as governor conduct elections and someone will come and cancel them and be  manipulating and throwing  all sorts of people in there and now wants to use the people to fight me and remove me from office,  and you want me to keep quiet?

“So, I have said it that at the end of the day,  I only have one mandate to serve Edo people and as long as God has given me this opportunity,  I will not allow Edo State to be a pawn  in anybody’s political chess game.”

Here’s the video.

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