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
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.
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;
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
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.