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Oshiomhole and Obaseki power tussle: A house divided against itself can’t stand

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Sir: Ilorin is arranged in compound. An average Ilorin family has a compound name and head. The compound name is coined from the family name. And the compound head, also known as Mogaji, are the aged members of each family. If there is a dispute between two or more members of the family, the compound head or Mogaji does mediate on time, and ensure that the rift doesn’t escalate for outsiders’ consumption. That’s why you can’t see any Ilorin family washing its dirty linen in public. Party leadership plays this role in Nigerian politics.

The power tussle between the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Party Chairman, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and the Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has continued to sprout like a wildfire despite the party bigwigs and leadership intervention to ensure all hands are on deck. When we fight, we settle it so as to fight another day. But no, Oshiomhole and Obaseki are not ready to let the sleeping dogs lie. Unfortunately, these duo are steadily digging their party’s grave.

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The APC, Edo chapter, will conduct its primary election, June 12 amid Obaseki and Oshiomhole power tussle. The results of the election, that is, who will win and who will lose can’t be easily predicted as what will happen at the scenes of the election. If we recall, early this year, thugs attacked Oshiomhole and he claimed it was masterminded or orchestrated by Obaseki. Obaseki took to the media and faulted Adams’ imputation. Imagine, the primary is few months away and one party had alleged the other party of sponsoring his attack.

No doubt, if there is no enough security on ground, there will be bloodbath at the scenes of the primary on that scheduled day. Thugs will definitely visit some of these places as instructed by their paymasters and afflicted electorate. Who doesn’t know what some of our politicians use in rigging election or disrupting electioneering process in this part of the world? So, we should be expecting electoral violence in the absence of uncompromising men of the Nigerian military and paramilitary.

If Oshiomhole and Obaseki continue to cross swords, they’ll pave the way for the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to feast on their misfortune and clinch the governorship stool. I think that will be a good lesson for the two grown up men who aren’t ready to reconcile for the progress and victory of the party in the forthcoming election. Revolution doesn’t work where evolution is needed. I’ve never seen where a house divided against itself has stood. Obaseki and Adams should submit their tales to the party leadership, or selfishly lose the governorship stool. That tone was set yesterday, definitely.

Aremu Lukman Umor is a sociologist and writer.

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