Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki spoke yesterday on All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole’s quarrel with some governors.
He said some governors were opposed to Oshiomhole because of the change the chairman was introducing to the party.
“What Oshiomhole is doing is to institute a regime of change where nobody is above the law,” he said.
Obaseki, who spoke in Benin City at the Church of God Mission during a thanksgiving service to mark his second year in office, did not name any governor, but Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha have been locked in a bitter row with Oshiomhole over the party’s primaries.
Many Nigerians under the Buhari-led administration are now afraid to commit crimes because of the repercussion, Obaseki said.
The governor said Nigerians would soon begin to feel the impact of “the fundamental changes” President Buhari was making.
“Some of the fundamental changes started by Buhari/ Osinbajo will manifest shortly. For the first time people are now afraid to do wrong,” he said.
Speaking on his style, Obaseki said instead of dashing people money he would rather invest massively in infrastructure. The governor said he would also support people to grow their businesses.
He said his administration had commenced the training of 4,000 youths to boost security in the state, adding that a new security architecture would soon be unveiled.
He said: “One key element is that whatever we do must affect the people. We are stretching our limited resources to work for the people. We will spend money to work for the people.”
Oshiomhole has been at loggerheads with Okorocha, who is pushing for his son in-law to be the party’s governorship candidate.
Amosun is also not pleased that his candidate for the party’s ticket did not get the prize.
Oshiomhole said he would not help Okorocha to build a political dynasty. He described Amosun as an “emperor” for initially choosing candidates for various offices in disrespect to the primaries supervised by the National Working Committee (NWC).
Oshiomhole, also yesterday, denied meeting with party stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London
There were reports at the weekend that the chairman met with Tinubu in Europe over his (Oshiomhole’s) interaction with the Department of State Services (DSS).
But speaking with reporters in Benin City after attending the interdenominational service to mark Governor Godwin Obaseki’s second year in office, Oshiomhole said there was no reason for him to go to London to see Tinubu when he could easily see him in Lagos.
He said he had unhindered access to Aso Villa to see President Mohammadu Buhari.
The chairman said: ”What am I doing in London? Why will I go to London to see Tinubu when I can see him in Bourdilon (Ikoyi, Lagos)?
“What are the issues between him and me that we are to resolve in London? The leader of the party, President Buhari, I have access to at the Villa all the time. I don’t need to go to London to see my leader through the Queen.
“The truth is that once a news reporter succeeds in preaching one lie, he is obliged to preach several lies to sustain the one lie. Some of the media, having allowed opposition to misuse them to fake news, they now feel obliged to faking more news but I am here and I am fine.”
Speaking about the grievances of some aspirants, Comrade Oshiomhole urged them to learn from President Buhari who contested for President three times without losing hope.
He said it was impossible for all contestants to win at the primaries