Obaseki dumped by staunch ally Peter Esele

July 21, 2020
35 Views

<!– Peter Esele: says he is not following Obaseki to PDP –>

Peter Esele: says he is not following Obaseki to PDP

By Deborah Coker

Mr Peter Esele, a former staunch APC ally of Gov. Godwin Obaseki, has dumped the governor, as he said he has no intention of joining him in the PDP.

“As for me and my house, we’re going nowhere. I will not be leaving the APC,’’ Esele told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Benin.

According to him, the decision is in spite of his having openly supported Obaseki in the crisis that later resulted to the governor jumping ship and pitching his tent with the PDP, a party previously in the opposition in Edo.

Esele argued that his decision to remain in the APC was borne out of collective interest, rather than fostering the interest of any individual.

“I have openly supported Mr Obaseki on the ground that the crises he was engaged in affected the party as a whole.

“My stand is for the collective and not for the individual. While he has chosen to move on, I will remain and carry on working with the collective.”

Esele noted that being a card-carrying member of the APC was not “a walk in the park’’, pointing out that most of the party’s challenges were self-inflicted.

“But we must never forget the importance of institutions in nation building,’’ he stated.

The unionist, who contested for the governorship ticket of the APC with Obaseki in 2016, described the democratic process as an aspiration, rather than “a ready-made state of affairs”.

He argued that in the pursuit of a better Edo State, the state’s democratic processes must continually make room for ideas to be contested but “without violence.

“Sept. 19 is almost here. It is up to us to make it count collectively.

“Politics in Edo State has been in a state of heightened animation and I have been reflecting on some particular emerging trends.

“I feel the need to share some of my musings, considering that I have been very vociferous about disputes in my party, the APC.

“I have made my views known about how the party was being run. This led to a disagreement with the former National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

“My misgivings about power relations and party administrative processes have caused me disagreements in the past but I still insist that my comments are not based on personal bias but on my integrity.

“It is based on the principle that “an injury to one is an injury to all — the central ethic of the labour movement, which I believe encompasses all ethnic and religious divides.”

Esele noted that irreconcilable differences, prompted Obaseki to decamp to the PDP, saying: “I respect his decision and those who joined him”.

Edo State, one of the seven off-circle election states, is scheduled to hold a high-stakes governorship election in two months’ time with analysts expressing fears over what the future holds for the state.

The countdown to the election has been characterised by high-drama, stoking fears that the election may be marred by betrayals, intrigues, violence and bloodshed.

You may be interested

Female Banker And Two Others Arrested And Arraigned for N14m Fraud (Photo)
News
News

Female Banker And Two Others Arrested And Arraigned for N14m Fraud (Photo)

Webby - February 23, 2021

The suspected fraudsters Men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arraigned a banker and two others over N14…

We Invited Military To Orlu To Prevent A Repeat Of #EndSARS Saga – Governor Uzodinma Reveals
News
5 views
News
5 views

We Invited Military To Orlu To Prevent A Repeat Of #EndSARS Saga – Governor Uzodinma Reveals

Webby - February 23, 2021

Gov Hope Uzodinma Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has revealed the reason he invited the military to Orlu community…

Popular Nigerian Footballer Slumps And Dies During Training (Photo)
News
4 views
News
4 views

Popular Nigerian Footballer Slumps And Dies During Training (Photo)

Webby - February 23, 2021

Odiba A Nigerian footballer, Ibrahim Odiba has slumped and died while training at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, the State capital.…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.