Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has given reasons for his rift with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki said his refusal to hand over the state treasury to Oshiomhole was the cause of his rift.
Governor Obaseki said Oshiomhole and his loyalists do not want him to use the money to serve the people of Edo State.
He said: “As a matter of fact, the political crisis in Edo State which has forced the likes of Iriase to address the press, is underlaid by the stellar performance of the governor which is made possible by the fact that he has refused to hand over the key to the treasury of Edo State to Comrade Oshiomhole, Iriase and their cronies.
“Make no mistake, the crisis in Edo State has nothing to do with performance because there is no governor in Nigeria as we speak that has performed better than Governor Obaseki.
“The crisis is all about the control of the state’s resources. While Obaseki believes that these resources should be used to serve the people, Iriase and his likes believe it should be used to ‘carry them along,’ which is another euphemism for ‘graft.”