Edo APC Primaries: Obaseki visits Aso Villa, seeks Buhari’s blessing

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By Ismaila Chafe

Abuja – on Monday met behind closed door with Gov. Godwin Obaseki at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports the meeting which was at the instance the governor, came ahead the governorship election the (APC), scheduled for June, 2020.

Speaking State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Obaseki said he was in the Presidential Villa formally intimate the of his intention seek re-election as governor of on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The governor, who is believed be at loggerhead with the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, over his second term ambition, presented his Expression of Interest form the for blessing.

“I came to see Mr President to formally inform him of my desire and intention to seek re-election as governor of State on the platform of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

“As a father of the country, as our president I not just assume or take things for granted – I have to come to inform him and solicit his in my gubernatorial bid, and the president was quiet warm and quiet welcoming.

“When I showed him my Expression of Interest form, he looked through and teased me that he would not have to go through this again and wished me good luck and assured me of his ,’’ he said.

On the political tussle in Edo, the governor stated that the crisis was being instigated from outside the state.

Obaseki also described the political misunderstanding between him and Oshiohmole as very unfortunate, saying however that he was to reach a truce with all aggrieved members of the APC.

is unfortunate that he (Oshiohmole) is taking the he has taken. I believe that he was not properly guided.

“I am his Governor and is my responsibility to seek peace for my State and with all my citizens.

“I will continue to strive for peace, I will continue to pursue peace, seek the interest of our and I am open, that we talk about how to move things forward.

“The relationship is still frosty but I am doing all I can to try and make it warm just for the sake of Edo . I am committed to whatever it will take to have peace and not to lose lives in Edo, within the law, whatever I can do that is constitutional, I will do,’’ he stated.

According to the governor, he has the full of his counterparts, all the governors elected on the platform of the APC, in line with the principles of the party, which encourages continuity.

On the pandemic, the governor revealed that about 300,000 of the targeted 500,000 indigenes of the state had so far been screened for disease.