- Governor Godwin Obaseki says his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, has lost importance in the politics of Edo state
- Obaseki says Oshiomhole is now desperately using the police against Edo government officials because of his loss of relevance
- The governor alleges that names of some officials have been penciled for possible arrest
The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has lost relevance in Edo and its politics, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said as the rift between the duo gets messier.
Obaseki believes this is the reason the former governor has adopted the strategy of deploying police operatives from Abuja to trouble his aides.
In a statement by Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki's spokesperson, in response to the arrest of the governor's security adviser, Andrew Momodu, the 'number one citizen' of the state accused his predecessor of making every move to cause chaos and make the people live in apprehension.
Momodu was reportedly arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) with an alleged plan to take him to Abuja.
“When Momodu resisted the unlawful arrest by the security agents, he was taken to the police headquarters in Benin," the statement said, adding that the aide was held in the facility until the state's deputy governor, Philip Shaibu intervened.
“Investigations revealed that the security from Abuja have orders from above to pick up not less than 50 persons loyal to Obaseki in an attempt to plunge the state into chaos," PM News quoted the statement as saying.
Quoting sources, the statement alleged that those penciled for arrest include the special adviser to the governor on political matters, Edo South, Hon Osaigbovo Iyoha, Albert Obazee, Kelly Okungbowa and Muktar-Osagie Muntari in charge of the Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV).
Legit.ng earlier reported how about 14 elected members of the Edo House of Assembly yet to be sworn in sent an appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari for intervention and to call the Governor Obaseki to order.
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