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Oyegun to Oshiomhole: Stop heating up Edo polity



Oyegun to Oshiomhole: Stop heating up Edo polity

The immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has asked his successor in office, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to stop heating up the polity in Edo State.
Oyegun described the crisis between the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Oshiomhole as distraction.

He accused Oshiomhole of heightening the tension in Edo State with his activities against the governor.

The former national chairman, who has been attacking his predecessor, stated that Oshiomhole’s activities against the governor amounted to anti-party activity.
He urged Oshiomhole to allow the governor concentrate in presiding over the affairs of the state.

Oyegun, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Political Affairs, Chief Ray Murphy, lamented that he is yet to come to terms with the fact that Governor Obaseki is receiving the highest distractions not from the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but from his predecessor who is also the national chairman of his party.

He said: “This party must be stronger because we cannot go into the 2023 general election with these discordant tunes, especially as President Muhammadu 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 governor of Edo State and he should be allowed to exercise the powers vested on 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 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 noted.

Speaking further, he said: “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 not 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.
“Look at what is happening in the party today. When was the last time the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting was held? But when these crises came to the fore, he has called several emergency NWC meetings.”

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