Kassim Afegbua, spokesman to former military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, has given reasons for campaigning against Governor Godwin Obaseki during the 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
PlatinumPost reports that both Obaseki and Afegbua are members of PDP but the latter was recently suspended by the Nigeria’s major opposition party.
Governor Obaseki of the PDP defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.
Speaking in an interview with the Nation, the Okpella-born prince said he never regretted his decision to work against the governor despite serving together in the same cabinet during the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
“I think it is my principle, because I keep telling people that I’m not the itinerant politician that tells lies just to gain favour or to pretend to belong. I don’t like short changing people. I am internally blunt to a fault.
“That is why they say those who are honest in politics are lonely men. I think I am a lonely man in politics. If I’m not going to support your aspiration for a particular position, I will tell you pointedly and will give you my reasons rather than pretending so that I can benefit from your largesse.
“In Edo State where I come from, Godwin Obaseki, the current governor, was part of the cabinet where we served under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. When he was brought forward as a gubernatorial candidate, I publicly objected that I was not going to support him in 2016. In 2020, he left the APC for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where I belong, and I said no, that the party imposed him on us.
“I openly campaigned against him. But others would pretend and hide and benefit from the largesse that he’s bringing, I said no.
” My own is that the morality of your coming is subject to questioning. Everyone knew I worked assiduously for the opposition party. For me, it’s about the state and not about individuals, and I believe very strongly that members have a role to play in keeping the philosophy and ideology of a political party. If there is an aspirant, and you brought someone because he’s a state governor with state funds to spend, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. So I said no.
“I am consistent. I left the APC because of same issue in the past. You said you were going to do restructuring, create jobs and all of that, but since you came on board, the country has collapsed right under your feet. So that means you deceived Nigerians.”
Speaking further, Afegbua said many people have targeted him because of his decision to always stand by the truth.
” I have gone through a lot of challenges. I have survived two assassination attempts on my life. Those scenarios were close shaves and I have scars all over my body to show for them. Oftentimes there are still threats because I criticise government for not doing the right thing. I have a heart for the ordinary person. I hate to see people suffer because I know what I went through before I got to this level,” he said.