When questioned about the perceived threat posed by Philip Shaibu, the incumbent deputy governor, Morka expressed confidence, stating that the APC does not view Shaibu as a threat . Despite his position as deputy governor and the longstanding control of Edo State by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Morka emphasized that Shaibu’s tenure has been marred by discord and inefficiency within the administration.
Morka also talked about the strained relationship between Governor Obaseki and his deputy, citing it as a key legacy of the current administration. He suggested that this internal discord, coupled with a lack of tangible achievements, undermines Shaibu’s credibility and effectiveness as a gubernatorial candidate. According to Morka, the governance of Edo State under Obaseki’s leadership has been marked by internal conflicts and a failure to deliver on promises, diminishing the incumbent’s standing and public perception.
He said that the administration’s inability to foster cooperation and achieve tangible progress has fueled public dissatisfaction and a growing desire for change among the electorate. Morka stressed the APC’s optimism regarding the upcoming election, expressing confidence in the party’s prospects and its ability to secure victory. Morka expressed optimism about the APC’s chances, emphasizing the party’s belief that it can prevail over the incumbent administration. He pointed to the discontentment among the people of Edo State and their eagerness for change as factors that could work in the APC’s favor. Morka conveyed the party’s determination to capitalize on this sentiment and present a compelling alternative to the current administration.
According to him, “We don’t see him as a threat quite frankly, even though he is the incumbent deputy governor of the state. One of the legacies of the Obaseki administration in the state is the rift and the rancour and the intractable feud between himself and his deputy. Already, the governor and his deputy have totally compromised not just by the feud but also by their lack of performance in the governance of Edo State. So, we look at it from the totality of all of it. Obaseki has done nothing but fight his deputy who is an aspirant in the coming contest. We are not concerned about his incumbency because I do not think Shaibu has anything to offer. He barely worked with his governor. They barely accomplished anything. They have promoted a high test among the people of Edo State for a change. I think our party has a massive chance and we are hoping that come that election, we will prevail.”