The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said on Friday Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was not ready for amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the party in the state.
Oshiomhole stated this while briefing journalists shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at his residence in Benin City, the state capital.
The duo have been locked in a battle for control of the APC machinery in Edo State.
Despite calls by prominent Nigerians and party stakeholders for Oshiomhole and Obaseki to sheath the sword, the feud has escalated, prompting many to doubt APC chances of winning next year’s governorship election in the state.
Oshiomhole said: “The governor has been refusing and avoiding an all-inclusive meeting where all issues would have been tabled and resolved.
“Four governors volunteered to attend the meeting but he has consistently refused to attend the meeting.
“The only way to iron out issues is to sit down and listen to complaints.
“He should not worry about the ticket but how to win the heart of Edo people.
“The name of the game is persuasion not violence.
“The men whose cars were burnt yesterday will never vote for them again. It is unheard of to refuse somebody into your party; politic is a game of numbers.”
The APC chairman also accused the state Deputy Governor, Phillip Shuaibu, of doing damage to his principal.
Oshiomhole said he avoided the rally so that some persons would not have any excuse to go and kill people and blame it on him.
“I have to pay the price by staying away from the APC rally.
“We will not go to their level; blood for blood is not our mantra,” he added.
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