The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has suspended the National Chairman of the party; Adams Oshiomhole, over his alleged role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
This was after a vote of no confidence was passed by the chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state; on Tuesday, November 12.
Edo APC also sacked its secretary, Lawrence Okah. A vote of no confidence was also reportedly passed on Okah and the leadership of Barr Anslem Ojezua.
In a statement signed by Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua and Assistant State Secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony; the party said: “Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him; and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state.”
They said the decision was necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State; where the party was unable to field any candidate in elections.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence on him and he stands suspended from the party.
“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”
It was learnt that three of the chairmen later backed out of the decision.
However, another statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the body and Etsako West Chairman; Ibrahim Akokia, as well as his Etsako Central and Owan West counterparts, Suleiman Bagudu and Lugard Alukpe respectively, the 18 LGA Chairmen of APC in Edo distanced themselves from Oshiomhole’s suspension.
They insisted that they were not aware of such a meeting; where a vote of no confidence was passed on Oshiomhole who they said was “doing very well”.
The chairmen further accused the state Governor Obaseki, of harassment and intimidation; adding that his actions could pull down the APC in the state.
They, therefore, called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel Governor Obaseki from the party over allegations of anti-party activities.