Obaseki wants to destroy our party, says factional APC leaders

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A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State loyal to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Sunday accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of working hard to destroy the party.

The faction said the governor has tactically left the party.

It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Obaseki to order before he creates anarchy in the state.

Factional chairman Col. David Imuse (rtd) and Secretary Lawrence Okah, in a statement in Abuja, accused the governor of providing a meeting ground for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Government House in Benin.

They said Obaseki has rejected all peace moves, adding that even if Jesus was to head another committee, the governor would also reject it.

The leaders accused him of doing everything to frustrate the party’s reconciliation efforts.

The statement said the APC in the state was not surprised at the reported rejection on the Reconciliation Committee headed by the Senate President.

The faction said the governor had rejected similar peace moves in the past but wondered why it was only the Edo governor that was rejecting a national reconciliation committee.

The Imuse-led faction said it welcomed the reconciliation committee set up after the last APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

“For quite some time now, we have cried to the world that Governor Obaseki is the problem the APC has in Edo State, but some persons whom he unfortunately brainwashed listened to his lies. However, Edo people, who are the voters, know the truth about Obaseki.

“It will interest President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of our party that this is the fourth time Governor Obaseki would reject trouble-shooting committees on Edo State and decisions made by respected institutions in this country.

“First was the decision of the House of Representatives, calling on the governor to issue a fresh proclamation letter after he criminally inaugurated nine out of 24 members of the State House of Assembly at 9:30 pm.

“Governor Obaseki bluntly rejected that decision and accused the respected members of the Green Chambers of carrying out the bidding of Comrade Adam’s Oshiomhole.

“The second was the Senate resolution, which also advised the governor to do the right things as earlier directed by the House of Representatives.

“Again, Governor Obaseki flouted the resolution and went further to get an injunction restraining the National Assembly from interfering in the crisis situation in the state House of Assembly.

“Rather than embrace peace like the Governor of Bauchi did, which led to the peace being enjoyed today in the Bauchi State Assembly, Governor Obaseki ‘s ego did not allow him do that.

“Today, he and his cohorts have dragged the National Working Committee, National Assembly and the State APC through the courts.

“He had further gone ahead to declare vacant the seats of our 14 House of Assembly members who went to court in total disregard to the pendency of these issues before the court.”

The APC faction said the party’s National Working Committee ( NWC) also set up a peace committee headed by the Kano State Governor, but Obaseki allegedly went to court to restrain it.

“Just a few days ago, our teeming supporters across the nation celebrated the setting up of a National Reconciliation Committee, which was the idea of our party leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, at the last NEC meeting.

“Governor Obaseki has, again, condemned the constitution of the Committee, which is ably led by our respected Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

“We are, indeed, aware that this committee was not only set up to look into the crisis in Edo APC but also in other states where we have issues such as Rivers, Ondo, Zamfara, etc.

“Remarkably, none of the leaders in these states have condemned the Committee except Obaseki, who is always speaking from both sides of the mouth about the search for peace in Edo APC.

“We don’t think that former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo and former Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State defied these reputable institutions, including the party before they were suspended by the party. It is clear we have a tyrant in Edo as governor.

“However, the actions of Governor Obaseki is not a surprise to the APC in Edo State because the governor and his cohorts had left the APC in spirit, but are creating confusion to destroy the party in the state and blame their despicable action on Comrade Oshiomhole. But they will fail in their evil enterprise.

“At the moment, Edo State Government House is now a venue for meetings of PDP leaders in the state. But we are not worried about that because Governor Obaseki, who failed to win his ward and unit during the Presidential election, has no electoral prowess to upset the APC in the forthcoming governorship election.”

The Imuse-led faction thanked President Buhari for setting up the reconciliation committee, saying that Obaseki would even reject a committee headed by “our Lord Jesus Christ”.

“Even if our Lord Jesus Christ comes down from heaven to head the Committee, Governor Obaseki will still complain because his soul has left the APC.

“All he wants is to destroy the APC. But we will resist him no matter how much of the state’s funds he is throwing around in his desperation for a second term.

“We want to state categorically that, at no time was our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, suspended from his ward.

“It is laughable that Governor Obaseki who does not understand the constitution of the APC will gather his Special Advisers and Commissioners to Government House to announce that they have suspended our leaders, including Comrade Oshiomhole.

“How can a Governor who lost his ward, LGA and senatorial district in the last general election, say he has suspended people who won their areas for the APC? That is laughable.

“Prior to the general election, he made a pronouncement that any government appointee that lost his unit or ward during the election should resign. After the elections, we expected he would be a man of honour to resign after he lost his unit and ward, but he has remained as governor and has been tormenting leaders who won their areas for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We appeal to our President and other leaders of the party to call Governor Obaseki to order as he is pushing Edo State to a state of anarchy.

“APC members are being hounded, beaten and maimed in any of their gatherings on the orders of Governor Obaseki. If he intends to leave the party as he had already perfected his plot, he should do so quietly so we can move on.

“We have implicit confidence in our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and we believe that he will lead Edo State to victory again in 2020.”

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