Governor Godwin Obaseki has been warned by former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, to honour his agreement with the Peoples’ Democratic Party, not to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the event that he wins the September 19th governorship election in the state.
Fayose stated these in a series of tweets between Thursday night and Friday morning, adding that the Federal Government must desist from harassing the media and discouraging free press in a democracy.
Fayose said, “My position is that, for obvious reasons, I am not a fan of either Governor Obaseki or (Adams) Oshiomhole. That notwithstanding, I believe Obaseki will win, but he should honour his agreement with the PDP by not returning to APC after assuming office for the second term for flimsy excuses.”
Edo State has been in a political crisis since 2019 when the APC was divided into two factions with one loyal to the state governor, Obaseki, while the other consisted of supporters of the immediate past National Chairman of the party, Oshiomhole.
The crisis came to a head when Obaseki defected to the PDP in June 2020 and emerged as the candidate of the opposition party, following his disqualification from the APC governorship primary.
While tackling the Federal Government, Fayose added, “Sad that those who used the media to spread all kinds of lies, while seeking power, are afraid of a free press now that they are in power. You don’t want Nigerians to speak against the President, governors, lawmakers and others who are like their servants?
“Unfortunately, when some of us who saw all these coming were warning Nigerians, the selfish ones, whose only interest was to grab power, turned a deaf ear. Now, the consequences are on all Nigerians and it will definitely get worse. May God return Nigeria to the path of greatness. Now, it is becoming clear that the freedom we enjoyed under military governments, we cannot enjoy in a democracy.”