Adams Oshimole has complained that he has no representation in the current cabinet of Edo State as his only nominees were removed by his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki
The APC Chairman was the last occupant of the seat before the current governor of Edo State, Made this claim while answering questions during an interview on Channels Television on Saturday.
He said it was ironic that Governor Obaseki took the drastic action after a reconciliatory meeting which was attended by some APC stalwarts including Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.
Oshimole claimed that , “We have no argument over money or appointment… In the meeting we held with four governors, including Governor Bagudu, I asked the governor, how many commissioners I nominated into his cabinet. He agreed that I only nominated one person out of more than 20 commissioners.
“Not many Nigerians will believe that because for me I was out of government and I have convinced myself that the day I step out of government, that is it. After that first meeting, the governor decided to remove that one commissioner along with seven others. But that is not my business.”
Oshiomhole, who has been having a running battle with his successor over some conflicts of interest, said he was also not happy that Gov. Obaseki decided to leave some projects that he initiated. He however asserted that his successor was not under any threat.
In his words, “The governor can never tell you that I have interfered in his choice of projects and so on. The only thing I feel a bit worried about is that some of the projects we started together have been abandoned. There is no way to solve disagreements without talking to the aggrieved parties.
“Let me assure you. This governor is not under threat. It is those who make money from crisis, those I call merchants of confusion, who can tell the governor that he wants to be impeached. What will I gain if Godwin does not run a second term?”
Governor Obaseki had last June issued a letter of proclamation for the inauguration of the House of Assembly working against Oshiomle’s interest. The inauguration sidelined lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole from emerging as presiding officers of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The maneuver was not taken lightly by a visibly infuriated Oshiomhole who has used his party leadership to get the National Assembly on his side and issue threats of taking over the State Assembly. Adams Oshiomhole’s brother, Seidu, was violently attacked during the crisis that ensued.