Edo APC calls Senator Obende a mole, rejects appointment into committee
The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned its National Secretariat to immediately reverse the appointment of Senator Domingo Obende as Chairman, Niger State Registration committee saying he is a member of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A statement by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, Col. David Imuse explained that Obende was duly suspended from the party by the executive members of his ward in Akoko Edo Local Government in June 2020 for anti-party activities which were clearly aimed at bringing the APC into hatred and disunity amongst members and disorganization of the APC structure in ward 2 in favour of the PDP.
While adding that the suspension was still subsisting, Imuse said, “It is for the interest of our party, that Domingo Obende’s appointment be reversed. The morale of our members right now is at its lowest ebb. If Mr. Obende wants to revalidate his membership of the APC, he can do so in his unit during the forthcoming registration exercise.
“We are not aware that Mr. Obende’s suspension has been lifted, and that is obvious because he refused to purge himself of his gross involvement in anti-party activities especially his continuous encouragement of factionalization of the APC at the ward level.
“Rather, Senator Obende got all his supporters in his Akoko-Edo LGA to decamp to PDP in 2020. Even the money for the governorship election brought by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the election in his local government area was disbursed in his residence at Igarra.
“The fact is, Obende has since ceased to be a member of APC. Most of our party leaders and faithful in Edo State are threatening to jeopardize the forthcoming registration exercise and exit the party en mass if disloyalty is now the hallmark of recognition in the APC,” Imuse said.
In his response, Obende, who faulted Imuse’s claims, said, “In November 2020, I was the one who paid one year rent for the APC secretariat in Akoko-Edo, my local government.
“First and foremost, nobody saw me in any meeting or rally organised by the PDP. The keys to my house in Igarra are with me and whenever I go home I enter my house. I didn’t see anybody come to share money in my house.
“I supported Godwin Obaseki till the end in the APC but we parted ways when he defected to the PDP. So, I remain a member of my party, the APC”.