Days after a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki suspended the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, another faction, Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), has suspended the governor, his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu, and the Secretary to the State Government, Ogie Osarodion.
The state chapter of the APC had in recent months being engulfed in crisis as the party became factionalized along supporters of Obaseki and Oshiomhole.
The trio’s suspension was announced after an enlarged meeting held at the residence of Gen. Charles Airhiavbere in Benin.
Mr. Patrick Ikahriale, who read the speech on behalf of EPM, said: “Governor Obaseki, his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu; Anslem Ojezua and Osarodion Ogie (SSG), from available information, particularly from top leaders of the PDP, have concluded plans to defect from the APC and seek re-election on that platform.
“For us the authentic APC stakeholders in Edo State, we wholeheartedly denounce such.
“We wish to state that at the appropriate time, the APC National Working Committee will initiate the process of party primaries for the selection of the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
“We will abide by the guidelines for such primaries as the constitution of the party vests the responsibility of conducting primaries on the NWC.
“We are prepared to give every aspirant equal opportunity to test their popularity. We will resist any attempt to close the political space.
“Consequently, we hereby suspend Governor Godwin Obaseki, Hon Phillip Shuaibu and Barr. Osarodion Ogie from the party for anti-party activities and urge the National Working Committee to set the machinery in motion for further disciplinary action against them.”
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