… ‘I Remain Bonafide APC Member’ – Domingo
The Edo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has petitioned the National Secretariat of the party to reverse the appointment of Senator Domingo Obende as Chairman, Niger State Registration committee, alleging that Obende is not a member of the APC.
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, Col David Imuse, rtd, in a statement, said the petition became necessary because “Obende’s appointment is causing a lot of ripples in Edo State because Senator Domingo Obende has since June last year ceased to be a member of our party in Akoko-Edo local government area of the state”.
He alleged that Obende was duly suspended from the party by the executive members of his ward in 2020 for anti-party activities which were clearly aimed at bringing the APC into hatred and disunity amongst members and disorganization of the APC structure in ward 2 in favour of the PDP.
“It is for the interest of our party, that Domingo Obende’s appointment be reversed. The morale of our members right now is at it’s lowest ebb. If Mr. Obende wants to revalidate his membership of the APC, he can do so in his unit during the forthcoming registration exercise.
“We are not aware that Mr Obende’s suspension has been lifted, and that is obvious because he refused to purge himself of his gross involvement in anti-party activities especially his continuous encouragement of factionalization of the APC in ward 2 of Akoko Local Government Area of Edo State.
“Rather, Senator Obende got all his supporters in his Akoko-Edo LGA to decamp to PDP in 2020. Even the money for the governorship election brought by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the election in his local government area was disbursed in his residence at Igarra.
“The fact is, Obende has since ceased to be a member of APC. Most of our party leaders and faithfuls in Edo State are threatening to jeopardize the forthcoming registration exercise and exit the party en mass if disloyalty is now the hallmark of recognition in the APC,” Imuse said.
But in his reaction, Senator Obende faulted Imuse’s claim and denied the charge of anti-party activities leveled against him, insisting that he remained a bonafide member of the APC.
“In November 2020, I was the one that paid one year rent for the APC Secretariat in Akoko-Edo, my local government.
“First and foremost, nobody saw me in any meeting or rally organized by the PDP. The keys to my house in Igarra are with me and whenever I go home I enter my house. I didn’t see anybody come to share money in my house.
“I supported Godwin Obaseki till the end in the APC but we parted ways when he defected to the PDP. So, I remain a member of my party, the APC”, Senator Obende said and wondered why Imuse would make such allegation when as a member of the National Committee of the party he played a role in the recent Ondo State
He, therefore, advised Imuse and the Edo APC to use the ongoing membership registration to attract more people to the party to rebuild it ahead of 2023 and avoid de-registering members and scattering the party.