- The crisis rocking Edo state chapter of the APC has taken another twist
- Members of the party in the state have advised Oshiomhole to resign as the national chairman
- Anselm Ojezua, the chairman of the party in the state, noted that it is illegal for Oshiomhole to continue as national chairman after he had been expelled by his ward
Less than twenty-four hours after the members of National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly walked out on the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Edo state chapter of the party has revealed why he should step down.
Vanguard reports that the state chapter of the ruling party declared that Oshiomhole has no legal authority to function in office as national chairman of the APC.
The state chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, in a statement he signed, said that Oshiomhole has been suspended as a member of the party by his people in ward 10 of Etsako West local government area of Edo state, adding that any action taken as the national chairman of the APC remains ultra vires.
“It cannot be overemphasized that having been validly suspended as a member of the party by his ward, all actions and steps were taken by him as national chairman is in jeopardy with the likelihood of grave consequences for the party,” he said.
Ojezua, who blamed the former governor for the crisis in the state, said that rather than heed the advice of his people, Oshiomhole persisted in his arrogance and impunity.
He alleged that Oshiomhole has continued to make pronouncements and take actions which have further aggravated divisions within the party in the state.
“The problems which now threatens the very existence of the APC in Edo state started with the conduct of primaries to elective offices in 2018. In accordance with the resolution passed by the national executive committee of the party, the leadership of the party in the state adopted the indirect mode of primaries but Comrade Oshiomhole decreed that it must be done by direct primaries.
“Having failed to discredit the Governor at the polls the same individuals resorted to a campaign of calumny and infamy against him, his deputy and top government functionaries, deploying very raw and uncouth language in a sustained media blitz while showering praises on the national chairman on each of those occasions leaving no one in doubt as to whose interest they were serving," he said.
The Edo APC further called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the national executive committee of the APC and other leaders of the party to rise up to the occasion to avert a looming danger in the state.
He said: “Our understanding of the decision of the National Executive Committee of APC on the issue of setting up the reconciliation committee is that it ought to be set up directly by President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as leader of the party, as Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the national working committee are currently embroiled in most of the disputes across the country and their actions and inactions resulted in most of such disputes."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC walked out on Oshiomhole on Tuesday, January 14, in Abuja.
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