Obaseki and Oshiomhole, The Combat of Egos

It is said that in the realm of real politicking, that there is neither permanent friend nor permanent foe but a permanent interest. Nigeria’s democracy has for so long been shipwrecked on the stormy seas of godfatherism, thus for someone to come out to run for any post in Nigeria, he must either be a “yes man” to any of the political bulwarks of the state and bound to always play the pawn of his master once he is placed in the chess board of politicking or he must be buoyant enough to oil the hands of those who have long legs in the state and could easily throw their weight about so as to make wayfor him. If either of these conditions are not met, then it is akin to carrying coals to Newcastle.
The past few days have gotten Nigerians thrilled, thrilled not because something extra ordinary happened, no, but thrilled just the way one gets overly excited at the sheer odiousness of seeing two pick-pockets engaged in a scuffle, not because there is anything exceptional about it, but just the sight of it, knowing full well that it is something that is bound to happen every other day. The sight of the embroilment between Adams Oshiomole and the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, with each donning the other with fitting jibes is the comedy of errors Nigerians are using to ease off the lockdown.
Gov. Obaseki was disqualified from contesting the party’s primaries for the Edo state governorship elections. Making the statement in Abuja on Saturday 13th June, 2020, APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said Obaseki was disqualified for presenting faulty certificates and for equally abusing his power as the governor of Edo state. As expected of a true Nigerian politician, Obaseki resigned from APC and as alleged by the SaharaReporters, he sought asylum in the ever spread umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had led the latter to postpone its Edo state governorship primaries to June 23 and 24. The election was earlier scheduled to hold on the 19th and 20th of June, 2020, all in a bid to allow Gov. Obaseki take part in the process. His recent visits to some PDP governors also lay credence to the above fact.
However on Wednesday, 17th June, the Deputy National secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Victor Giadom, nullified the disqualification of Obaseki from participating in the party governorship election in Edo state. His reason being that “Oshiomole acted as a judge in his own case”
Adams Oshiomhole on his own part had been suspended as the national chairman of the party hours after Obaseki resigned from the party. Thereby upholding the initial verdict given by an Abuja high court on March, which was initially lifted after the appellate court granted a stay of execution of the court’s order. As it stands now the duo are outside the shores of the APC.
It must be noted that the crisis of confidence between Obaseki and Oshiomhole, started during the Edo state delegate congress of APC in 2018. While the former governor, who had just resumed office used the opportunity to reward his loyalists Obaseki was not allowed to input his own loyalists. Obaseki decided to take his pound of flesh two years into office as governor, when it was time to proclaim the 8th Edo State house of Assembly. He played a fast one by dribbling Oshiomhole’s loyalists to ensure the emergence of Francis Okiye as speaker, instead of Francis Ederor, preferred by the national chairman. It was this that threw up the simmering disaffection between the political godfather and his political godson.
Nigerians of course are neither deceived nor surprised, for they know that the umbrella and the broom are the same, they are just walking about in different clothes. One wouldn’t be surprised seeing both father and son getting back together again, it is a possibility that cannot be ruled out, for both have gotten even. After all this is politics, not just politics, but Nigerian politics, overflowing with kings without hearts and beggars without names. Things like this simply spell to us in bold letters, how far we have strayed from true democracy. Obaseki’s and Oshiomhole’s, squabble is simply a combat of the ego and the pocket not for the people.

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