APC knocks Ize-Iyamu, others after attack on Obaseki
Four Governorship hopefuls of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State have attributed the current crisis in the party to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s attempt to oppose already established norms of democracy.
But in a swift reaction, Chairman of Edo State APC loyal to Obaseki, Anselm Ojezua, described the four aspirants as members of banned Edo Peoples Movement whose agitations are fueled by greed and avarice.
Ojezua who said they were on political life support and do not understand the concept of party supremacy declared that their actions is evident since several attempts to destabilize the government by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and create political distraction have failed.
Aside driving House of Assembly members elected on the platform of the APC from performing the responsibility of law from making, they had accused the governor of alienating party leaders and members from the government they worked hard to install in 2016.
Former Edo Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu who spoke on behalf of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, and Major General Charles Airhiavbere at a press conference in Benin City said the orgy of politically motivated violence across the State targeted at members of Edo APC who dared hold opposing views from Obaseki was unacceptable in a democratic setting.
He said: “We collectively desire a party that is stable, virile and viable for us to realize our individual and collective aspirations so as to provide effective, efficient and productive leadership for our dear state.
“We also believe and quite rightly too, that the attempt to close the political space and shut the doors against potential contestants for the office of the Governor of Edo State by the incumbent governor is antithetical to the established norms of democracy. We must all be allowed to subject ourselves to the democratic process without let or hindrance.
“We maintain our unalloyed support and confidence in the leadership of our party in Edo State headed by Col. Dr. David Imuse (Rtd) and at the National level under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“On our part, we are committed to ensuring full compliance with the party directives as we go into the elections and urge our brother Governor Obaseki that in a multi-party democracy, everyone no matter how highly placed must be subject to party laws and rules. Therein lies the respect, order and decency in the interrelationship between government and the people.”