…warns detractors against destabilising good governance in Edo
Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and first civilian governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has said that the resolution of the National Assembly to a sitting governor makes a mockery of a state’s sovereignty as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
He stated this during a press interview at his private residence in Benin City, preparatory to his eightieth birthday anniversary celebration.
According to him, “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.”
Oyegun called on all to be law-biding and allow the nation’s constitution prevail irrespective of the interests of some powerful persons in the corridors of power.
“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,” he said.
The former Governor maintained that as a governor and National Chairman of APC, he never interfered in the affairs and running of Edo State.
He noted, “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 reflect the state. Anyone that fights the governor undermines the sovereignty of the people of the state.”
On the developmental strides under Obaseki, 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 the ground. Anywhere I go, there is this positive vibe about his accomplishments. Obaseki is bringing progress to forgotten areas across the state.”