The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki of deliberately sowing seed of discord and crisis in the party in the state with the intent to dump APC for a rival political party ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo.
Comrade Oshiomhole also accused CP DanMallam Mohammed of colluding with the governor to dismiss the alleged attack directed at his person which he also blamed on the Edo State government, insisting that Obaseki is plotting evil against him.
In two separate statements signed by Simon Ebegbulem, his Chief Press Secretary, Oshiomhole said he has it on good authority that the governor is creating a crisis in APC in the state perhaps with the ulterior goal of dumping the party.
Oshiomhole was reacting to an earlier statement by the Edo state governor where he accused the APC National of stoking crisis in Edo and creating a security situation to distract the administration.
But Oshiomhole insisted that the governor is actually the one mobilizing thugs and intimidating party end across all 18 LGA of the state.
He also claimed that Obaseki is jealous of his popularity among the party’s rank and file, adding that his plan to plot to track his movement in Edo is nothing but sinister.
“Talking about security, it is actually the governor who is making every effort to plunge the state into crisis and bloodshed. The last Saturday’s siege at the residence of the national chairman by his thugs was a good example. Before that incident, state government-sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 LGA because the APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration. people are being sacked in their jobs every day in the state.
“And we have it on good authority that the governor intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state APC and probably dump the party for another party.
“That is why he has embarked on this brigandage which Edo people will resist. So he should stop blackmailing Oshiomhole and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power.
” We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce the National Chairman into giving him details of his movement in Edo State. Who knows what he is plotting again. But every evil plot against Oshiomhole will fail. He has not hurt anyone and no man except God can hurt.
“The governor should stop being jealous of Oshiomhole’s popularity in Edo State. He is a man that is at home with his people haven performed creditably well as the governor of Edo State. So each time he is around both men and women gather around him, particularly APC members and of course the youths.
” It is said that the governor in his usual style to blackmail the APC chairman now refer the hardworking youths of Edo State as thugs, forgetting that these same wonderful youths supported him during his election as governor.
Oshiomhole also lashed at the Edo State commissioner of police questioning his hasty conclusion that he (Oshiomhole) was not attacked by thugs.
He cautioned the CP against lending himself as a willing tool in the hands of persons he referred to as “desperate politicians” in Edo State who he is out to cause disaffection in the state.
“As much as I try to refrain and restrain myself from joining issues with the Police, I feel obligated to call the Commissioner out on his widely reported statement that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was not attacked.
” While stating a notorious fact, he had somewhat downplayed the very strong connection between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his home that was attacked”, wondering who the thugs that laid siege on his house in GRA Benin were.