Don’t Destabilise APC In Edo Like Rivers, Zamfara, Others, Party Leaders Warn Mischief Makers

Don’t Destabilise APC In Edo Like Rivers, Zamfara, Others, Party Leaders Warn Mischief Makers

BENIN CITY – Leaders of the Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have warned some its members causing mischief not to destabilise the party and stir crisis similar to what is currently ongoing in other states in the country, notably Rivers, Zamfara, Ogun and Imo States.

This
was contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of leaders
of the Edo State chapter of the APC, held on Thursday in Benin City,
the Edo State capital.

The
meeting was convened by Hon. Charles Idahosa, with Prince Mactor Shaka
Momodu and Alhaji Usman Shagari as co-conveners. Party leaders in
attendance were drawn from the 18 local government areas of the state,
and include Sen. Domingo Obende, Hon. Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, Sen. Ehigie
Uzamere, Charles Oronsaye, Hon. Ogiewonyi Bright, Chief Eduwu Ekhator
and Prince Malik Afegbua, among others.

According
to them, “If they [mischief makers] truly love Comrade Oshiomhole as we
do and as they profess, they must learn from the bitter experiences of
the Party in other States and help him by ensuring that the home front
is peaceful so that he can pay attention to his very exerting
responsibility as our National Chairman.”

The
leaders said they represent their colleagues and teeming members of the
party across the state, who are concerned about the attempt by a
handful of members of the party to create tension in the polity and
jeopardise the fortunes of the party in the state.

They
said the members in question intend to “cause disaffection between our
National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and our Governor, Godwin
Nogheghase Obaseki, where none exists; spread false rumours of a rift
between the governor and leaders of the party and insinuate that the
governor was responsible for the poor outing of the party in the last
Presidential and National Assembly elections.”

The
leaders said jointly and severally, they have “been in communication
with our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and to the
best of our knowledge he has a healthy and mutually respectful
relationship with our Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki in whom he has
expressed confidence and satisfaction publicly and privately in the
recent past.”

They
maintained that there was no fundamental rift between the governor and
the leaders of the party in the state, noting, “Rather, the governor has
worked closely with the party leadership to manage the affairs of the
party including the seamless election of the entire party leadership in
the last party congresses and local government council nomination by
consensus without a single dispute or controversy.”

“The
insinuation that the Governor was responsible for the poor outing of
the party in the last Presidential and National Assembly result is, to
say the very least, mischievous. This is because it is common knowledge
that ethno-religious considerations together with anti-party activities
of our own members, that include some of those pointing accusing
fingers, were largely responsible,” they added.

They
restated that the House of Assembly elections where the party recorded
an absolute victory by winning all the seats in the State House of
Assembly is a more accurate measure of the Governor’s popularity and
acceptability in Edo State.

The
leaders urged aggrieved members of the party to look for a better and
more productive way of resolving their personal problems rather than put
the party at risk.

Idahosa,
in a separate statement, said he called the meeting after he and other
top members of the party in the state got a barrage of calls asking for
their position on the several rumours making the rounds about an alleged
rift between Comrade Oshiomhole and the governor and its consequent
toll on the party.

He
said the reforms and innovations in governance by Governor Obaseki
appear to have taken its toll on some of our Party leaders who had
benefitted immensely in the past.

“Rather
than adjust to the new system of governance, they have chosen to
confront the Governor and take him out by all means without considering
the implications to the Party. In doing this, they have resorted to all
sorts of mischief including trying to cause disaffection between the
Governor and our National Chairman, spreading rumours in the Press and
Social Media that the Governor is at war with the Party leadership and
even engaging in anti-party activities during the Presidential and
National Assembly elections just to make the Governor look bad,” he
said.

He
continued, “All these culminated in a meeting that was held recently
and a press release issued giving the impression that it was
representative and on behalf of the leadership of the All Progressives
Congress in Edo State.

“Since
then I have been inundated by calls from our leaders across the State
who have themselves received several calls from our teeming Party
faithful and even ordinary citizens of our dear State.

“Arising
from the foregoing, I met with my brothers Prince Mackor Shaka Momodu
and Alhaji Shagadi, consulted widely with some other leaders across the
State and the decision was reached that this  meeting be convened and
solution found in order to ensure that the Party does not waste the huge
goodwill acquired in the last House of Assembly elections.”

Other
party leaders in attendance include Hon. Tony Osazuwa, Richard Edebiri,
Simeon Omofuma, Andrew Idahosa, Dr John Ogbeide, Chief Henry Okoro,
Reginald Okun, Dr Andrew Ojiemhenkele, Percy Okojie, J.B Asemota, Hon.
Ighile Daniel, Engr. Joe Erhunmwunse, Elder Osaretin Edoma, among
others.

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