OrderPaperToday– Members of Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives have declared full confidence in the leadership of APC’s national chairman, Mr. Adams Oshomole.
The caucus further advised the executive governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki to desist from allegedly doing damage to the state and party with their undemocratic and unorthodox political actions and to retrace their steps.
The caucus also asked for another proclamation to be issued, as stipulated in the constitution, so that all the 24 elected members of the State House of Assembly can be properly inaugurated to duly represent their constituents and make invaluable contributions to the growth and development of the state.
The lawmakers said these while briefing the press on Thursday at the National Assembly.
They also expressed disappointment over the in-fighting which they said has caused bad blood amongst the APC party members in the state.
Leader of the caucus, Mr. Peter Akpatason (APC, Edo), who is also the deputy leader of the House, said the briefing became necessary to clear the air surrounding allegations of suspension of Oshiomole by a “minute” factional group.
He said, “This new culture of terrorism and political gangsterism is designed to intimidate party members and officials and the general public into believing that the governor’s quest for a second term could be obtained by hook and crook.
“When the majority of the executive came together and suspended the APC state chairman for anti -party activities, gross dereliction of duties, the governor organised a kangaroo meeting to suspend not just those members from the party but also the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshomole”.
Akpatason also noted that the crisis is a spillover of the illegal proclamation and inauguration of a handful of elected state assembly members orchestrated by the governor, Godwin Obaseki.
He explained, “It is well known that the crisis has its origin with the nocturnal, illegal and unconstitutional inauguration of a handful of elected members of the House of Assembly.
“Out of 24 members, 7 were invited with the pseudo-proclamation of Obaseki. The majority of the elected members were not invited to the event, while some were abducted to the event. It was the first such inauguration in the rich history of the state where an event as such was not witnessed by well-wishers, family members and party leaders.”
The deputy leader also added that this action was “followed by wanton acts of violence, intimidation, and gross violation of the rights of citizens and the use of hate speech on anyone perceived as being opposed to the governor.