Salihu Lukeman, Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) has accused Adams Oshiomhole, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of hijacking the campaign of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party’s candidate for the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
Lukeman made the allegation in a statement he signed on Friday.
According to him, Oshiomhole, a former Edo State governor, has made the campaign a personal battle between himself and Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the election and the incumbent state governor.
The DG of the PGF lamented that the former APC chairman’s action could hurt the party at the polls.
He said: “Comrade Oshiomhole has relocated to Edo State and taken over the APC campaign and the campaign is proceeding in a manner that suggests the Edo State governorship election is an extension of the personal battle between the governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, and Oshiomhole.
“The APC campaign is personalised around Comrade Oshiomhole and the candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is an onlooker. The soundbite from the Edo APC campaign is so offensive to the point where Comrade Oshiomhole appears to be disowning almost every APC (member) in Edo State between 2016 and now.
“To that extent, it simply means Comrade Oshiomhole is disowning himself, which may be why he went on his knees begging the Edo people for forgiveness.”
Lukeman also lamented that the APC is facing the problem of diminishing electoral value.
He stated that the dissolution of the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) has not yet helped the ruling party to gain the full confidence of the electorate across the country.
“What is it that needs to be done to address the problem of diminishing electoral viability of the APC? Do our leaders even agree that the APC is faced with the problem of diminishing electoral viability?