The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki on Friday, August 8, lamented the endorsement of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, by President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the gubernatorial election set for September 19.
Obaseki made this assertion via a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, on Friday. He, however, sympathised with Buhari over the endorsement.
He also stated that Buhari only endorsed Ize-Iyamu in the interest of APC; adding that he was disappointed that the President could endorse Ize-Iyamu; despite facing trial for corruption to the tune of N700m.
The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday was confronted with a dilemma of no mean proportion, to raise the hand of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC in the September 19 gubernatorial election taking place in Edo State.
“The President was constrained to carry out the action, which indeed was a dilemma.”
“We sympathise with the President, who reluctantly handed the APC candidate; the party’s flag and unveiled him behind closed doors.”
This came after Obaseki condemned all acts of political thuggery and violence ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The governor, who spoke with journalists after a closed-door meeting with all the security chiefs in the state; expressed concern at the rising security challenges in the state ahead of the election.
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday, August 7; ordered petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services from Lagos from Monday, August 10.
This was contained in a communique issued by NUPENG on Friday; and this comes on the heels of a failure to address three major issues; causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.
The statement titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020”, was signed by National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.
It reads, “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained; frustrated and agonized by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State; and are left with no other option; but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State; until the Lagos State Government; and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.
“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government; and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.”