Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and his supporters, the Edo Progressive Movement (EPM), are not members of the APC.
He said this on Thursday stressing that Oshiomhole and his supporters are bent on frustrating the development of the state and discredit his administration. He said members of the faction, who had been elected into the state House of Assembly have been thrown out and new election ordered.
Obaseki added that President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed him to deal with Oshiomhole and members of the (EPM).
“The APC is one party. Those that say they are in the EPM are not APC, including their national chairman, who we have suspended in Edo State. Those mistakenly elected into Edo State House of Assembly, who are members of the EPM, have been thrown out and the Independent National Electoral Commission is aware and will soon announce a date for a fresh election, where we will have opportunity to elect credible representatives, who will represent us in the House.
“Any person doing anti-party activities, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked us to deal with them. We have been told to go back to organise our party. That’s why we are here. As a ruling party in the state, we have done a lot for the Edo people, moving the state forward progressively, but the EPM are afraid of progress and will do anything to ensure we don’t get another term,” he said.
Efforts of the APC to resolve the crisis in its Edo State chapter have so far not succeeded with factions loyal to Obaseki and Oshiomhole insisting on their positions.
The crisis worsened as each of the two rival factions suspended Oshiomhole and Obaseki in November.
Obaseki had rejected a peace committee set up the APC National Working Committee late November on the grounds that the panel, headed by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was the brainchild of the Oshiomhole-led NWC
Again the APC set up a 10-member committee, headed by the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan, but Obaseki opposed it, saying the National Assembly leadership was a party to the crisis in Edo State.