The crises rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State remains unabated as Factional Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Joseph Osagiede, says the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, working with Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) is against the wish of Oba of Benin.
Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) is a group alleged to have been given birth to by the faction loyal to the national chairman and whose members are alleged to be working against the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Osagiede said, “I believe that the national chairman will also learn some lessons from what is going on because, for His royal majesty, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II to have led Benin Traditional Council to meet with the president on this matter.
“Once the Oba expressed a wish about anything, it becomes a command to we that are Edo people. So, the Oba’s wish is to command that there should be peace in this political imbroglio and for Adams Oshiomhole to still be harbouring these descendents who led the captain and they are forming EPM (sic) and he is supporting them, he is working against the wish of the Oba.”
Accroding to him, the APC remains a formidable party in the state that has no faction, stressing that the party has one chairman, one Secretary and leader who happens to be Obaseki.
“We have only one chairman in APC, Anselm Ojezua and one publicity secretary, Joseph Osagiede, and governor Godwin Obaseki as the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state”, he added.
While disclosing reason the Obaseki faction rejected the reconcilation committee set up by the National Working Committee (NWC), Osagiede noted that the governor’s faction was ready for reconcilation but with neutral body.
He therefore recommended neutral body from the Presidency or Benin Traditional Council as reconcilation committee in order for the crises to come to an end.
“We have always said that we are willing and ready for reconciliation but you see, you can not be constituting a reconciliation body when you are an interested party in the issue. We expect that a neural body for instance, the presidency or Benin Traditional Council can setup a committee for reconciliation. It is not for us to say we want to reconcile when we are the aggrieved party and that is why we rejected the committee setup by Adams Oshiomhole because most of the members have interest in the issue.
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“For instance, it was the deputy speaker of the house that presided over the decision that they should come and take over Edo House of Assembly. Now, he is a member of that committee to reconcile aggrieved members and the national chairman, how can we have confidence in him?”, he questioned.