In an interesting twist of events in Edo State, Nigeria, it appears that the sitting governor, Godwin Obaseki, has won over the APC candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who was backed by Edo state political godfather, Comrade Oshiomole.
It is widely known that the sitting governor of the state used to be a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before having a major fall out with his supposed political godfather and governorship predecessor, Adams Oshiomole.
This caused Governor Obaseki to leave the APC and pitch camp with the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and then subsequently became their candidate for the election.
The lead up to the election was feisty as the APC machinery was sent in full force into Edo state to ensure that Obaseki is ousted for betraying their party. In fact, it is believed that the Federal might of the Nigerian state was behind a plot to see to it that the state goes back under the control of the APC party.
The national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu was even at a point forced to call Obaseki an ‘ingrate’ for betraying the party.
Final provisional results sighted by Africa At Random, coming out of the stables of the Independent Electoral Commision (INEC), shows that Godwin Obaseki has taken a wide lead over the APC candidate, and he is most likely to be declared the winner of this weekend’s gubernatorial election.
The total result is looking like;
PDP – 307,955
APC – 223, 619
Vote margin – 84,336
The question now is, ‘is the the end of “godfatherism” in Edo state’s body politics?’ Is this the end of “godfatherism” in the body politics of Nigeria as a whole?… Only time will tell.
There is an upcoming show down between both parties in Ondo state, and it is known that the APC national leader has clearly stated his bias (of course) for the APC candidate there. Many of Tinubu’s critics have stated that, he seems to want to hold an entrenched godfather position in the Nigerian political sphere and they are hell bent to see that broken.
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