Edo 2024: Legacy Group accuses Obaseki of ingratitude, demands fair treatment

Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Jethro Ibileke
Members of the Legacy Group and other stakeholders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo South Senatorial District, have demanded fair treatment from Governor Godwin Obaseki before the 21 September governorship election in the state.
They stated this at a meeting held on Friday in Benin, the state capital.
Those present at the meeting include a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, former Senator Roland Owie, Mr. Nosa Ogieva-Okunbor, Mr. Nosa Adams and a host of others.
The Group which noted that it had been badly treated in the last four years by the Governor Obaseki-led administration, insisted that it remained the aboriginal PDP in the district.
According to them, none of the promises Governor Obaseki made to them when he came begging for the governorship ticket of the party in 2020, when he was chased out of the APC), has been fulfilled.
The Group warned that it would no longer fold it’s hands and allow Obaseki to short-change them the way he did in 2020, when he appointed the Deputy Governor, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and the Chief of Staff (CoS) from the group which followed him from the APC to the PDP.
The Group added that it would give Governor Obaseki time to come and tell the them what was in it in the coming dispensation before it would take a decision on how it would take its destiny in its own hands.
According to them, Governor Obaseki had not demonstrated gratitude for what the Group did to help him in 2020 as the Governor had cornered all offices without conceding one to them.
Addressing the crowd, Ogbeide-Ihama traced how in June 2020, he was prevailed upon by the leaders of the district from across all stratas of life to step down his governorship ambition to save the governor from political disgrace and personal humiliation when he was disqualified by the APC.
“You were all there at the stadium when in June 2020, I was prevailed upon to step down from the governorship race and save Governor Obaseki from political and public disgrace. I listened to the elders that the governor should be allowed to complete his second term.
“I stepped down and played my role by taking Obaseki round the stadium. One Naira I did not take. One Naira the governor did not offer. Maybe if he had paid billions, he would not have treated us like this.
“During the election, I was his party agent. I slept at the collation centre and when the result was out, I took it to him personally. I protected the ticket I freely gave to him. Everything he said he would do, none has he done.
“I have refused to say anything since 2020. I told our leaders and they took said that the governor doesn’t listen to anyone. He has not kept to any single agreement as he took all the positions: governor, deputy governor, SSG and Chief of Staff. In 2024 again, he has taken the governorship and the deputy governorship. Did we escort him to politics?” Ogbeide-Ihama asked.
The former governorship aspirant, while stressing that “as aboriginal PDP, the Legacy group remains in the PDP, what we are saying is that we will not be part of anybody who wants to destroy the house we built.”
“Our mum don do. Agreed that we made a mistake in the past, let him do and go. But he went to Lagos to go and bring his friend. He took the governor he took the deputy and we are asking, what is our own. We are the owners of the house and we are not stupid.
“We will give him time to do what is right. We will not leave the PDP. We will be in our various polling units on election day and that is why we are asking the governor to come now, talk to us and tell us what is in it for us as the aborigine PDP. We will not allow the same thing to repeat itself. Enough is enough”, Ogbeide-Ihama asserted.
He added that whatever the governor decided to do would determine the next step the group would take, reiterating, “the governor still has the time to reach out to us now before it is too late.”
Speaking earlier, the Edo South Senatorial District Chairman of the PDP, Ogieva-Okunbor, said that the leaders/stakeholders meeting was called “so that the old PDP must all say their minds, have the same mind and thoughts and stand together in unity.”
“One thing that is sure here is that we will never help an ingrate again. Whatever efforts we are going to put in must be rewarded “, he stressed.
In his remarks at the meet, former Senate Whip, Roland Owie, noted that Governor Obaseki had not been fair to the Legacy group inspite of how the group assisted him when he ran into political crisis in his former party, the APC.
Owie who said that apart from the Esama of Benin Kingdom,  hired Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, no other politician in Edo South was holder than him, regretted that even in his Uhumwonde Local Government Area, Governor Obaseki appropriated the least of all political positions such as the councillor to his group that followed him to the PDD from the APC.