The Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), a group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, has kicked against the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The group In a communique after its meeting in Benin City, at the weekend declared that it will not support the second term bid of Governor Obaseki ahead of the 2020 governorship election in the state.
After its meeting in Benin city, the EPM also warned that the national leadership of the APC may be throwing the state to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) if their warning is ignored.
“We are committed to rescuing the APC in Edo state, due to the monumental loss it suffered in the last presidential and National Assembly elections; as a result of the actions of Governor Godwin Obaseki towards the party and its members.
“As the next governorship election in Edo state approaches, we are resolved to working and delivering any candidate who is adequately equipped to strike a balance between delivering on good governance for the people and promoting the party platform that formed the government. Governor Godwin Obaseki certainly does not fit into this condition.
“We urge the national leadership of our party, the APC, to support these efforts else, we stand the risk of losing hold on the government of Edo state to the other political parties with whom the governor is already empowering clandestinely. We condemn, in the strongest terms, the resort to intimidation and harassment of loyal party members by the governor and his aides, on account of their dissent with the style of governance and non-fulfillment of promises made to many local government areas.
The group demanded for “the immediate opening of the five star Central Hospital in Benin City, built by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole administration and resuscitation/opening of the Tayo Akpata University, Ekiadolor and College of Agriculture, Iguorhiakhi, for the use and benefit of Edo citizens.
“We urge that state and national leadership of the APC should note and enforce stringent measures against the governor, whose anti-party posture has become a matter of public knowledge,” they added.