Olaleye Idowu

The Edo state governor has put to rest the insinuation that has been trending on social media regarding what may turnout in no distance future after he was given a ticket to contest under the platform of People Democratic Party when disqualified from his initial party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying he won’t leave the party that cloth, gave him an umbrella when pushed inside the rain.

Obaseki disclosed this to the state house correspondents at the end of a meeting he had with president Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, and that which was monitored by urban Express News Online on channels television News

Obaseki had beat Osagie Ize-iyamu of the All Progressive Congress and others to win the last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state.

Explaining further, he said Mr. President in his humorous manner said he reluctantly congratulated him for beating his party

“God forbid I become a godfather, I should be dealt with accordingly because it’s dangerous to the concept of democracy.”

The governor said, “In the case of godfathers in our politics, I have said in several fora that the whole concept of godfatherism is very dangerous to our democracy.

 “That was why when we came into the political fray 2006/2007, the mantra then was to get rid of godfathers from our political life.

“The reason is simple, the godfather has no constitutional responsibility, the godfather acts outside the constitution and controls people who are constitutional players. So, if we allow that sort of situation to continue, it will be worse than military rule.

“When people who have nothing at stake, no checks and balances just arbitrarily decide that this is the way the constitution should be interpreted or constitutional players should operate, that’s why problems come in.

 “He also pointed out that his role, first and foremost as President of Nigeria, is to be President of all regardless of your party, race, tribe, and creed.

“We couldn’t ask for more from Mr. President, he really played the role of his statement.”

Obaseki said he and members of his entourage were in the Presidential Villa to thank Buhari for his insistence that the governorship election in the state must be credible.

“For that act alone, we felt we must come and say thank you. I am not just coming along with my deputy, we came to say thank you with the representatives of Edo people – our senators, members of the House of Representatives, our senior citizens and party leaders,” he submitted.

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