Former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, says incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki is not eligible to contest in the September 19 governorship election.

Oshiomhole backed Obaseki to succeed him in office four years ago, but the two have since fallen out in a very bitter public feud.

Obaseki also dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in June after the party's screening committee barred him from taking part in its primary election due to alleged inconsistencies in his secondary school certificate.

While speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Sunday, August 2, 2020, Oshiomhole said the APC's decision to deny the governor its ticket was the right one.

He said the governor's secondary school certificate was forged and that he could not have qualified for university admission with the quality of his result.

Oshiomhole said during his Sunday interview he was misled to make the criminal allegations he made in the past against the APC's current governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu [Twitter/@PastorIzeIyamu]
Oshiomhole said during his Sunday interview he was misled to make the criminal allegations he made in the past against the APC's current governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu [Twitter/@PastorIzeIyamu]

The PDP, whose flag Obaseki now flies, made the same case against the governor four years ago but lost in court.

Oshiomhole said on Sunday the APC has already filed a case against the the legitimacy of his candidacy.

He reiterated that Obaseki's candidacy cannot stand in the face of the law, and that he's no threat to the APC's candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

"A man who is not even eligible to contest the election, how can he be a threat?

"How can a snail be a threat in a race where tigers are involved," he said.

Oshiomhole accused his successor of taking Edo backwards, noting that he can't boast of developmental projects after four years.

He said Obaseki also closed down institutions that he built during his own tenure between 2008 and 2016.

Blame Obaseki for violence - Oshiomhole

There have been a couple of election-related violence recorded over the past week in Edo, and both the APC and PDP have traded blames for the ugly incidents.

Oshiomhole warned Obaseki on Sunday that he should not resort to violence to fulfill his second term agenda.

The former APC national chairman said there were no election-related deaths during his tenure, and that Obaseki would be to blame if that starts to happen now.

Ize-Iyamu promised party supporters at a campaign rally on Saturday he'll follow in Oshiomhole's footsteps [Twitter/@PastorIzeIyamu]
Ize-Iyamu promised party supporters at a campaign rally on Saturday he'll follow in Oshiomhole's footsteps [Twitter/@PastorIzeIyamu]

During a campaign stop at Fugar in Etsako Central local government area of Edo on Saturday, August 1, Ize-Iyamu assured party supporters he'll continue Oshiomhole's legacy.

He accused Obaseki of failing to develop the state, and abandoning a lot of projects that could benefit the people.

"You must learn to appreciate good things. You can't say because of wickedness, you will not do it.

"So, where Oshiomhole's development stopped is where we'll continue," he said.

Obaseki deserves second term - PDP

Also speaking on Channels on Sunday night, Edo PDP chairman, Dan Orbih, said the APC has fallen out of favour with the people of the state.

Governor Obaseki is keen on a second term in office [Twitter/@GovernorObaseki]
Governor Obaseki is keen on a second term in office [Twitter/@GovernorObaseki]

Despite his critical statements of Obaseki before he joined PDP, Orbih said the governor has done enough to deserve a second term.

"If he's given a second term, he'll be able to continue with all these good projects and Edo State will be better for it," he said.

The PDP announced on Sunday that the governor will kickstart his Edo North campaign on Monday, August 3.

"During the campaign, the governor will commission all completed projects in the zone," the party said.

A total of 14 candidates will contest in the September 19 election, but one of Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu is expected to win.