- The crisis rocking Edo state chapter of APC is far from being abated
- Oshiomhole and Governor Obaseki had been in a battle of supremacy over who controls the state
- According to the report, two southwest governors were said to have been working with Obaseki to indict Oshiomhole
Unless a miracle happens, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, may not survive a plot to remove him as two southwest governors were fingered in series of protests against him.
The Nation reports that the governors were said to have sponsored a phony survey that would establish false information accusing the Oshiomhole as the primary cause of the ongoing crisis in Edo state.
Legit.ng gathered that a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun and former spokesman to Governor Godwin Obaseki, John Maiyaki, said in a statement in Abuja that the two southwest governors were working with Governor Obaseki to the plot targeted at gathering alleged false information that would be used to plot the removal of Oshiomhole as the party’s national chairman.
They alleged that the two governors, working with Obaseki have provided funds to a group of pseudo-researchers whose assignment was to doctor a survey with a predetermined result.
“These researchers have been instructed to find ways to establish the lie, through their fake survey, that Obaseki is the only viable candidate who can win the coming election in Edo State. Besides this, the survey is to accuse Adams Oshiomhole as the primary cause of the conflict ongoing in Edo state.
“The survey is to go ahead and claim that responders have called for the immediate resignation or outright removal of the party’s national chairman. Having cooked up these academic lies, the sponsors of this false information plan to go ahead, using the resources at their disposal, to first send the fake reports to the presidency, before starting an aggressive campaign in the media.
“The whole purpose of first targeting the presidency is to falsely convince the President and other national leaders, that Oshiomhole is the cause of the crises within the party in Edo state. Although the truth proves otherwise, the colluding governors and their paid army of quack researchers are determined in pushing this false narrative, backing it up with the treachery of doctored research presenting invented charts, demographics, and questionnaires," they alleged.
They further said that the two-legged falsehood was aimed at confusing the presidency and to astonish the public with contrived research analysis, adding that "all these are geared towards perfecting the mission Obaseki set out for long but has failed to achieve.
“The two other governors who are now in bed with Obaseki, have been previously silent and indifferent to the crisis, until recently when the strange and unholy alliance began their ’behind-the-scene’ works.
“The motivation for this new and surprising alliance with Governor Obaseki is a subject of curiosity and has left conspiracy theorists pointing at the possibilities of exchange of state funds to earn their support.
“Yet, while this theory muddles between truth and myth, one is left to wonder what is there to gain, for the two governors in tarnishing and persecuting a man who has brought massive success and popularity to the APC,” they added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that tension rose in the afternoon of Saturday, February 22, in parts of Benin, capital of Edo, as Oshiomhole arrived at the state.
It was reported that there were fears that Oshiomhole, a former governor of the state, would be booed by residents and politicians loyal to his successor, Godwin Obaseki, with whom he had been engaged in a running battle.
Also, Governor Obaseki took a swipe at his predecessor Oshiomhole, saying he is behaving with impunity.
Obaseki said the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is supposed to inform the Edo government of any of his visits as courtesy demands.
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