Obaseki, Oshiomhole clash over assassination plot


Obaseki, Oshiomhole clash over assassination plot 1

There is a plot to eliminate All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, 14 Edo State House of Assembly members-elect alleged on Thursday.


The lawmakers-elect, who were not sworn-in along with their colleagues as part of a fall-out of the crisis in the state APC, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of establishing a special militia group to eliminate Oshiomhole.


They, however, did not provide details of when the militia was set up, who are its members, how they were armed, or any evidence to substantiate the allegation.


The lawmakers-elect warned that they will not fold their hands and watch any of their leaders and members killed, adding the governor does not have a monopoly of violence.

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They said Obaseki’s endorsement for a second term by Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, was an indication that he would defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Former Edo Speaker Victor Edoror, who spoke for the lawmakers-elect at a briefing in Abuja, said the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari and other party leaders on the crisis was not helping the situation.


They urged the President and other leaders to call Obaseki to order.


Other allegations against Oshiomhole, according to Edoror, are: “Instituting several court cases against the party and the National Chairman in several courts around the country, thereby bringing our great party to disrepute;

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Urging party leaders to intervene, they said: “We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the governors of the APC states to please call Governor Godwin Obaseki to order as he is known to have set several precedents that may be detrimental to our great party in the nearest future.


They said they cannot allow Obaseki to continue to destroy Edo APC because he does not know the sacrifices Oshiomhole made to build it.


The lawmakers-elect were reacting to Obaseki’s statement to “deal” with Oshiomhole over “disruptive activities”.


Addressing 18 APC local government chairman on Wednesday, Obaseki said: “We are warning the suspended National Chairman. If he continues his activities in Edo State, I will show him that I am the governor of Edo State.

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Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie accused Oshiomhole of plotting to disrupt peace and safety in the state.


Osagie said the government would spare nothing “in dealing decisively with the merchants of violence” under the laws.


He urged President Buhari and the IG to call Oshiomhole to order.


Osagie assured Edo people that his government would continue to resist attempts to fracture the state’s peace and safety.


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