Monday, September 21, 2020

After Ize-Iyamu’s defeat, what next for Adams Oshiomhole?

If anything is worth celebrating for the former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, it is definitely not the outcome of the Edo governorship election.

Though Mr Oshiomhole won his local government for the APC, the final result of the election held across the 18 local governments in the state still left many of his supporters disappointed.

“Godwin Obaseki of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner,” Johnson Alalibo, the chief returning officer of Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC, in the state, announced on Sunday.

While many have continued to describe the election as a battle between a godfather and his estranged protege, others have started raising concerns on what will become the fate of Mr Oshiomhole, who had been credited with ending godfatherism in Edo State.

Will the former APC chairman be given a federal appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as a consolation for the humiliating defeat or will he maintain a low profile like his predecessor in office, John Odigie-Oyegun? This remains one of the uncertainties after the September 19 election.

Samson Adenekan

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