Many would argue that Obaseki is a traitor for joining the People’s Democratic Party after he won an election with the All Progressive Congress. But is that correct? Can we really tag him a traitor for that?
Well, it depends on what perspective you view it from. Needless to say, members of The APC will feel hard done by, bearing in mind that he is the incumbent.
I, however, doubt Obaseki and his loyalists would picture him as a traitor, considering how the last week turned out.
Let’s rewind to how it all started.
In the early parts of 2016, It became clear that then-Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, endorsed Godwin Obaseki to take on the mantle.
During the campaign, Oshiomhole praised Obaseki for helping him build the economy team of the state that would later see off projects without the need for government funds.
In fact, he went as far as saying a building be named in Obaseki’s name.
As it would later turn out, Obaseki won the primaries and then the gubernatorial elections and was named governor of Edo State on 29 September 2016.
However, Obaseki and Oshiomhole subsequently fell out for obscure reasons.
Many people have claimed that Obaseki refused to be a loyal son to his God Father, Oshiomhole.
After the fallout, Oshiomhole’s camp sought to impeach Obaseki, as reported by The Sun News. However, that plot failed.
Soon after, Oshiomhole was removed as Chairman of APC in the State. Also, he was briefly removed as National Chairman; a move that was later overturned by another high court.
The final blow
Just this week, Obaseki was disqualified from taking part in the primaries of Edo State. According to the party, there were discrepancies in his certificate; the same discrepancies that were allowed to slide when he was Oshiomhole’s favorite son.
After visiting the Aso Villa and with no option left, Obaseki made the switch from the APC to the PDP, knowing fully well that the second term he so much desires was off the cards at the same party where he was elected into office.
Do you think he should have accepted APC’s decision in good fate? Do you consider him a traitor for making the switch?