John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the actions of Adams Ohiomhole, his successor, are anti-party.
Odigie-Oyegun was reacting to the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly in a statement by Ray Murphy, his Special Adviser on Political Affairs.
He said Oshiomhole, who is a former governor of the state, is distracting Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent. He said it was unfortunate that Oshimhole was running the party like an executive chairman.
“Obaseki is the executive governor of Edo state and he should be allowed to exercise the powers vested in him by the law. To what purpose is this idea of the APC chairman putting the state under tension?
“As a governor under APC platform, he should be allowed to run out his tenure before they decide whether to bring him back or not. There are so many antics going on and you don’t need to be a prophet or babalawo to trace where they are coming from. They are coming from the APC.
“I want to think that they are all targeted at weakening the governor of Edo state. Ordinarily, the man in Edo should be given every support so that he can succeed to fend off the opposition PDP already around the corner.
“Ask anybody from Edo state, what is Obaseki’s biggest distraction and they will tell you that his distraction is not whether he has governed well or not, but from his immediate predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
“It is very unfortunate especially considering the fact that he is the national chairman of the same party with the governor. I have not heard that PDP or Edo leaders want to remove Obaseki. What has been trending is how his predecessor who happens to be the party chairman does want him back in the office.
“If his actions against Obaseki is not antiparty, someone should then explain to me what is antiparty. The problem of the APC is from a singular man, the national chairman who runs the party like an executive chairman. The idea of working singlehanded and inducing the party members to endorse is the problem of the party,” he said.
Oyegun stated that contrary to insinuations in the media, he had no personal grievances with Oshiomhole. He linked the crisis in the state to godfatherism, suggesting Oshiomhole as the godfather.
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“Oyegun has no personal grievances with Oshiomhole but Nigerians must know that he cannot go to equity with unclean hands.
“Today, there are all kinds of rancour coming from Edo State. They all boil down to attempt by godfather and godfatherism that is hitting up the polity in the state,” he said.
Nine House of Assembly lawmakers had taken their oath of office secretly, edging out their colleagues.
Oshiomhole is also reported to be working hard on ensuring Obaseki is ousted as governor of the state.