- Ahead of the Edo state election, a war of words broke out between loyalists of the APC national chairman and the state government
- This is coming as the APC is making preparations for its primary election scheduled for Tuesday, June 2
- For some time now, Obaseki and Oshiomhole have been locked in a bitter power struggle
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The anticipation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo state primary election led to a war of words between the state government and those loyal to Adams Oshiomhole, the party's national chairman.
According to The Nation, this has led to a renewed attack on the APC national chairman by Governor Godwin Obaseki as both men have been locked in a bitter power struggle.
The state government on Sunday, May 3, accused Oshiomhole of violating social distancing directives by organizing political gatherings through the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).
This was disclosed by Crusoe Osagie, the special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy, and Paul Ohonbamu, the commissioner for communication and orientation.
The duo claimed that the APC national chairman organized a factional mock primary on Thursday, April 30, with more than fifty people in attendance.
The ruling party's primaries scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, is in preparation for the state governorship election holding on September 19. Those loyal to Oshiomhole intend to present a consensus candidate to challenge the governor who is seeking re-election on the platform of the APC.
However, Osagie and Ohonbamu in a statement said: “It is not surprising that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has continued his doom-fated attempt to destabilise the Edo State chapter of the APC.
“But what is most unconscionable is that he is propagating this move at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of Edo people.
“Those who organized the political gathering initially held at Lucky Imasuen’s residence in Benin City later moved to different locations to continue their inglorious show of shame, in the perpetuation of the wishes of their puppet master.
“The antics of Comrade Oshiomhole are well-known, but it bears repeating that he is on a mission to re-enact what happened in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa in Edo State.
They urged the presidency and the leadership of the ruling party to call the former Edo governor to order.
Nonetheless, a faction of the APC loyal to Oshiomhole denied the allegations saying it was desperation to smear the name and image of the party's national chairman.
Chris Azebamwan, the publicity secretary in a statement said the gathering was part of their corporate social responsibility to put resources together to assist the Edo state government and vulnerable people to cope with the challenges of the lockdown.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Obaseki took a swipe at his predecessor saying he is behaving with impunity.
Obaseki said the national chairman of the APC is supposed to inform the Edo government of any of his visit as courtesy demands. The ruling party chairman attended the funeral ceremony of late Cecilia Agbonyinma, mother of Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma, in Benin City.
It was reported that tension rose in the afternoon of Saturday, February 22, in parts of Benin, capital of Edo.
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