By Emman Ovuakporie
The apex electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has drawn its timetable for Edo State guber poll and the drums of war has engulfed the heartbeat of the nation.
The signals so far clearly indicate that it is going to be battle royale.
According to the timetable, campaign starts on June 21st coincidentally the birthday of one of the aspirants.
The ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Congress,APC, is grappling in the dark as there’s no love lust between the incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the comrade chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
This is an indicator that it may not be a smooth sail for Obaseki who has seized every opportunity to rubbish the man who single handedly made him governor.
Only recently, the Edo State Governor described his benefactor as a pathological liar and the APC leaders replied calling him a serial liar and he should give account of over N30billion which he allegedly collected from the centre.
Multiple sources close to one of the camps told Thenewsguru.com, (TNG) that except the APC leaders all suddenly drop dead “that’s when Obaseki will get the ticket, he can go elsewhere but definitely not in APC.
“We are leaving no stone unturned despite the fact that we know the man has a war chest in his possession but we have the structure to rattle him to a standstill.
Recently, the APC leaders in a statement signed by 19 leaders on behalf of several leaders in the state dismissed Obaseki as a non-starter not to be taken seriously.
The statement was signed by who is who in Edo State, a dangerous signal to Obaseki’s camp.
Using the instrument of state, the Obaseki camp via a judicial commission report replied the leaders that the recommendations of the Commission will be carried out to the end.
Pointing an accusing finger at the former governor of the state, the only comrade governor Nigeria ever produced.
But the APC leaders appear undaunted as they plot on how to remove Obaseki from Denis Osadebey Government House.
As it’s now, weeks away from the ultimate primaries the APC is still grappling in the dark.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP almost 12years after losing its radar in the state has remained rudderless.
Going by the calibre of politicians gunning for Obaseki’s job that best could be described as midgets in Edo politics hope of any tangible change still hangs in the air.
The PDP is just waiting for the outcome of APC primaries like the patient vulture to devour the remains of the APC which is a tall dream.
The APC will not create room for errors as the only surviving state in the oil rich Niger Delta.
The PDP will continue to wallow in confusion patiently waiting to apply the Benue Ortom option which is a big political gambit except the centre is willing to look the other way.
But looking at the roll call of political giants in the APC eyeing Obaseki’s job, APC’s major challenge will be who to crown as their guber aspirant.
Nigerians are fervently waiting to know how the APC comrade Chairman will waddle through the waters to replicate the Ambode experience in the heartbeat of the nation.