The order by Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, which forbade political rally in the state was on Saturday, February 1 defiled by faction loyal to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as they held a political rally st Ipoji, Esan West Local Government Area of the state to welcome defectors.
The Governor had earlier given order banning any form of polical rally in the state but this seems no hold water as the camp loyal to the National Chairman held a rally successful and peaceful.
Though the earlier scheduled venue for the rally was changed, it still held in a new venue where fierce looking boys who served as security subjected everyone coming into the venue to thorough screening and searching including journalists who went to cover the rally.
In his speech, factional chairman of the party, Col. David Imuse (Rtd) said the rally was held to welcome new members into the party with a view to increasing the party’s numbers in the state.
“We gather today to increase our figures; to increase the population of the APC; to receive a lot of people into our folds”, he added.
According to him, Aselm Ojezua, factional chairman of the party was running the party like his family affairs and carried out some things that were not in line with the party constitution hence he was suspended.
“The only way we can save the party from total collapse was to remove the chairman. I am saying this so that Esan people can hear.
“That is why we met, fulfill the constitutional requirement, passed vote of no confidence on him and he seize to function in that capacity. We sent our resolution to the national body of the party, they reviewed our procedure, said it was in order, rectified it but did not only removed him, he is suspended from the party. So, as of today, Aselm Ojezua is not a member of the APC”, he added.
Speaking on the violence some of the party members have gone of recently, Imuse urged members to be law abiding and not to go violence way.
He said, “I want to advise everybody that in spite of the violence being perpetrated we should remain calm. We should not be violent; we should not retialate against any form of violence. But I also want to advise those who are members of APC from govt house that the violence perpetrated will not serve the interest of the perpetrators.
“I also want to advise governor Godwin Obeseki to refrain from making statement, utterances, body conduct or body language and actions that will belittle the mightiness of the office of the governor. It is an office that is very well refrend and hold in high esteem and we intend to continue doing so.”
He promised to take the party to a enviable heights where elections would be contested and won.
“Under our leadership, we are going to give the party a new sense of direction. We are going to refocus the party so that we grow from strength to strength and we begin to win election at all times”, he added.
Also speaking, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said the manner at which politics is being played in the party was uncalled for.