I’m in control of Edo APC – Obaseki
Accuses APC chairman of plotting to keep Edo State under his stranglehold as the new godfather
Says Adams Oshiomhole is under suspension
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Sunday said that he was in firm control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State.
He reiterated his resolve to remain in the party.
According to him, all state APC officials operate in the state, not from Abuja.
Obaseki, through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy Crusoe Osagie, said Col. Imuse and Lawrence Okah were members of the Edo Peoples Movement bent on causing a crisis in the state.
He said Imuse, Okah and other EPM chieftains were operating from Abuja because they do not have any political base in Edo.
“Obaseki has firm control of the APC in Edo State where the party is supposed to be functioning.
“All the party officials are in Edo. It is because Col. Imuse and Lawrence Okah don’t have a political base? They cannot be taken seriously. How can Obaseki leave the APC where he is in firm control?
“Oshiomhole is under suspension and the Edo APC is stronger and united under Obaseki.”
In another development, Governor Obaseki on Saturday accused Mr Oshiomhole of falsifying facts over the nomination of commissioners.
He said: “Oshiomole did not only pick the governor, the deputy governor and Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Edo State, he compiled the list of the state’s commissioners in his living room in 2016.”
“We are once again forced to call the attention of members of the public to Comrade Oshiomhole’s ability to compulsively falsify facts, especially on issues that are public knowledge, which underscores the content of his character and portends an existential threat to the survival of the APC and the impeccable integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is forced to continuously engage with Comrade Oshiomhole being the national chairman of his party.”
Obaseki also accused Mr Oshiomhole of conniving with ‘some cronies’ in the presidency to carry out hasty appointment of board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which “run afoul of due process and the constitution.”
The governor said if not for the timely decision of President Buhari, the initial plan of the APC National Chairman was to plant his stooges in the NDDC board for ease of access to fund to “finance the political tension in Edo State towards possibly seizing control of the Edo State government from Governor Obaseki.”
“He did not care whether the rules were followed or not; or for the integrity of the people being appointed. All he wanted was to achieve his aim and keep Edo State under his stranglehold as the new godfather.”
“Fortunately for Nigerians and Niger Delta people, our calm and methodical president, Muhammadu Buhari, has since seen through Comrade Oshiomhole’s mischief and ordered the forensic audit of the NDDC and the re-composition of the illegal board which Comrade Oshiomhole was trying to emplace,” he added.
Governor Obaseki, therefore, called on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC to remove Mr Oshiomhole as he “lacks the moral rectitude to continue to function in the office of the National Chairman of the APC. The earlier this is done, the better for the party and Nigerians.”