Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, says he will bury his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, politically.
Mr Obaseki, whom Oshiomhole, a former governor, ensured succeeded him in office, made the vow yesterday while campaigning in Oredo local government area of the state.
He said the fallout between him and his predecessor began when Oshiomhole wanted hand-picking his representative at the State House of Assembly.
“As a sitting governor, Oshiomhole decides to pick who will represent me in my house of assembly. Can you imagine the insult? That was where this fight started,” the governor said.
“Because he believes, in his own mind, that Benin people are like chickens. When you throw corn, they will run after the corn.
“This election is a contest with Oshiomhole. We have dealt with him at the national level, we will bury him politically in this election; because he has no regard for Benin people, he has no regard for us in Oredo, and we will show him that he is nothing,” Obaseki said.
The former governor and erstwhile national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) played a vital role in disqualifying the incumbent governor from seeking re-election using the platform of the party. Obaseki, after consulting with his supporters, moved into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and secured their ticket.
Although there are candidates of other political parties, the race is largely seen as a contest between Mr Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC.
The governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 19.