Shortly after his disqualification from the race to become the state’s next governor, Governor Godwin Obaseki has jettisoned any plan to appeal his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress (APC)’ Governorship Primary Screening Committee on Friday, calling it “an effort in futility”.
Obaseki, who said this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, described the action as “a mockery of the democratic process”.
The statement read: “We have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle.
“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Gov. Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.
The statement said: “This open show of shame, illegality and travesty of justice’’ was the brand of democracy which Oshiomhole had reduced the APC into.
“The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.
“We have, therefore, decided that it would be effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be.
“(This is) especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.
“We wish Oshiomhole luck in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom and justice.
“We call on all party members and the teeming supporters of Gov. Obaseki to remain calm and await further directives,” the statement added.