Oshiomhole: Obaseki angry with Buhari over new year card gift

…Says Oshiomhole stands suspended

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed anger over a meeting between his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole and some top members of the ruling party had on Friday paid a visit to Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, while also presenting a new year card to the president.

The visit is said to have angered Governor Obaseki, who has been at loggerhead with his benefactor (Oshiomhole) over the controversial inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.

A top government official, who pleaded anonymity, said the visibly angry Governor Obaseki expressed disappointment at the president for receiving Oshiomhole whom he said he has since suspended.

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The government official, who spoke to our correspondent over the telephone, said Mr. Obaseki felt betrayed that Buhari would receive a gift from the same man he allegedly asked him to deal with.

“Don’t quote me, I repeat don’t quote me(sic). His Excellency felt betrayed, you know he is like a son to Mr. President. The Governor has the support of top aso rock officials that’s why he’s angry because such a meeting could be fixed without him getting wind of it.

“He (Obaseki) even insisted that the person who received the national chairman must be ‘Jubrin of Sudan’ and not the same Buhari who asked him to deal with Oshiomhole”, the government official said.

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Governor Obaseki only recently openly boasted that President Muhammadu Buhari had given him the permission to deal decisively with Adams Oshiomhole and other members of the Edo APC.

According to the government official, the Governor has concluded plans to have a meeting with President Buhari which he said will be influenced by Governor Fayemi Kayode of Ekiti State, who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

Meanwhile, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Thursday said that his stellar performance is the reason he has been under attacks and attempts being made to remove him from office.

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Oshiomhole spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when he led members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on a New Year visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole said the visit was also to congratulate the President on the successes so far recorded since his second term administration was inaugurated.

The party national chairman who has faced a barrage of criticisms, however, urged Nigerians to recognise that under the Buhari-led administration, a lot have changed for better.

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