A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has commended the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki for his developmental strides in the state.
Oyegun who spoke at the weekend in Benin City when he addressed newsmen ahead of his 80th birthday celebration said Obaseki is bringing development to even forgotten parts of the state.
He said; “The Governor has done well. This has led to the general approval of his performance by the people. I have experienced it and people have talked to me about it as well. This is the reality on ground. Anywhere I go, there is this positive vibe about his accomplishments. Obaseki is bringing progress to forgotten areas across the state.”
On the running battle between Obaseki and the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Oyegun said those condemned moves to remove the governor by those he called detractors.
“What is happening is a mystery to me and for funny reasons, we have been unable to get the story behind the story. All I know is that we have a government and the voice of the people says Obaseki deserves all the support that he can get.
“If anyone wants to remove him and destabilise the state, it’s wrong. The governor is delivering good governance to the people. They should wait until the party primary. I call on everyone to continue to support the governor” he said.
He insisted that he never interfered in the affairs of the state when he was the National chairman of APC.
He said, “I have never interfered in the running of the state but strangely same is not the case and it’s sad as people fail to realise we have two sovereignties: that of the president which reflects the nation and also the governors that reflects the state. Anyone that fights the governor undermines the sovereignty of the people of the state.”
Oyegun described as shocking the ultimatum issued to the governor by the National Assembly, adding that such undermines the sovereignty of the state.
“The issue in contention is before a competent court of law. Thank God we have a constitution that binds everybody. I am amazed that the National Assembly or anybody would issue instructions to a sovereign Governor. I am shocked and amazed but I believe that in the coming weeks and months, the law will prevail.”