Stop distracting Obaseki, Oyegun cautions Oshiomhole

Accuses Oshiomhole of anti-party in Edo

Immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Odigie Oyegun has accused his successor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of instigating crisis in Edo State.

Oshiomhole on Friday accused the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki of orchestrating crisis in the State Assembly, where nine lawmakers elected Speaker in a 24-member parliament.

Responding through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki accused Oshiomhole of bias as he noted that he “needs to hear from all parties in a matter before taking sides.”

Lending his voice to the altercation, Chief Oyegun who incidentally is also from Edo State, claimed that Comrade Oshiomhole’s outburst on Edo APC crisis amount to anti-party activity.

Oyegun who spoke through his media aide declared that rather than engage both sides in reconciliation, Comrade Oshiomhole was stoking the fire with the ultimate agenda of making Edo State ungovernable for Governor Obaseki.

He said: “This party must be stronger because we cannot go into the 2023 general elections with this discordant tunes especially as President Buhari will not be contesting. We need to get our acts together. 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 heating up the polity in the state. 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?

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“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 much 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.”

Oyegun further pointed fingers of scorn at Comrade Oshiomhole whom he claimed was bent on frustrating his successor in Edo State, Governor Obaseki.

“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 doesn’t want him back in the office.

“If his actions against Obaseki is not anti-party, someone should then explain to me what is anti-party.

“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 singlehandedly and inducing the party members to endorse is the problem of the party.

“Look at what is happening in the party today. When was the last time the National Executive Committee, (NEC) meeting was held, but when these crises came to the fore, he has called several emergency National Working Committee, (NWC) meetings.”

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