Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has revealed the deep-seated reason for the unending friction between his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo.
Oyegun, who described the political battle in Edo as tragic, said on Thursday, December 13, that the governor was being treated like a child.
He said a mentor should be able to allow the person he has trained to become mature.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyegun, a former governor of Edo state, spoke with journalists at the 22nd investiture of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in Lagos.
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engaged in a political rift that is threatening to tear the APC apart in Edo state.
According to Oyegun, the political crisis between Oshiomhole and Obaseki had made the dangers of godfatherism very obvious.
“It is a good thing to mentor somebody, to have an elder, more experienced to help bring up the younger ones.
“But when you have mentored him, and he has attained maturity and growth, do not
keep treating him like a child,” Oyegun said.
Oyegun said, however, that the crisis was
already being addressed with the hope that there would soon be peace in the state.
The former national chairman commended Obaseki for his performance since he
became a governor.