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APC Edo Crisis: Suspension Of Oshiomhole, Obaseki, Others …NWC Awaits Reconciliation Committee Report

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives
Congress says it upholds the suspension of its Edo chairman, Anslem
Ojezua,  while awaiting the outcome of a
fact-finding and reconciliation committee set up by the party on the Edo
crisis. The party also expressed concerns about the crisis in the state
chapter.

In a series of tweets via its verified Twitter handle
@OfficialAPCNg

Yesterday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam
Lanre Issa-Onilu expressed regrets that “this is happening in spite of the
various steps the party has taken to find an amicable resolution.”

Continuing, he tweeted, “Recall that party leaders such as
the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode
Fayemi; Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State,
Abubakar Bagudu, and other eminent party leaders had all tried at various times
to ensure that the issues did not escalate. Sadly, these interventions have not
yielded the desirable results.”

He said the immediate concern of the NWC was how to ensure
that unity returns to the ranks of the party in Edo State.

“In achieving this, we have decided to constitute a
high-power fact-finding and reconciliation committee of party leaders to meet
with all disputing parties to ensure that all issues are addressed and
resolved.”

Disclosing how the party was notified of the sacking and
counter-sacking of its national chairman Adams Oshiomhole on the one hand; and
that of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy on the other, Onilu said, “the
meeting of the NWC, which held , Wednesday, at the party’s national
secretariat, received a notification of the suspension of the Edo State APC
Chairman, Anslem Ojezua by eleven of the 16 members of the Edo State Working
Committee.”

“We have reviewed the process they followed and conclude
that they have fulfilled the required conditions.We therefore uphold the
suspension of the Edo State APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua, while we await the
outcome of the fact-finding and reconciliation committee.”

Meanwhile, the Progressives Governors Forum has asked the
All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman Adams Oshiomhole to convene a National
Executive Council (NEC) meeting to address the party’s challenges or resign his
position.

“It is either Comrade Oshiomhole respect the provision of
the party constitution and convene superior organ meeting to deliberate on all
our challenges, or he should just accept his inability to manage the party and
simply resign,” Progressives Governor Forum Director-General Salihu Mohammed
Lukman said in a statement.

“In the current circumstance, nothing short of a NEC or
National Caucus meeting of the party can resolve all our increasing
organisational challenges as a party.”

Lukman’s criticism comes a day after APC Edo State chapter
suspended Oshiomhole.

In Oshiomhole’s suspension letter, Edo State APC chairman
Anselm Ojezua accused him of being behind the party’s internal crisis.

There has been a growing internal crisis within the APC
before and after the 2019 general elections.Some of the party’s aspirants that
lost their primary elections of different political offices passed a vote of no
confidence on Oshiomhole and accused him of corruption.

The APC was denied participation in Zamfara and Rivers State
governorship election following court rulings that the APC in both states
failed to conduct credible primary elections. Oshiomhole was largely blamed for
the incidents.

Lukman said Oshiomhole ought to focus on working to win
elections for the party but had lost grip of the party with local politics in
Edo State.

While Oshiomhole and Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki still
have unresolved differences, Lukman said it is painful to see Oshiomhole
devalue himself to a local factional leader from a very high pedestal of an
illustrious national leader.

“What legacy is Comrade Oshiomhole hoping to achieve as a
National Chairman by running the party in a way that suggests almost zero
commitment to issues of party development?,” Lukman queried.

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