- The atmosphere is quite tense in Edo APC ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election
- There are fears that things might not augur well for the ruling party during the governorship poll
- Such a concern was raised by Salihu Lukman, the director-general of Progressive Governors’ Forum, who said under Adams Oshiomhole, APC is doomed to fail
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Many political analysts and observers have been thrown into shock over the surge of melodramatic events that have beclouded the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo.
One of those who have made bare their displeasure towards the developments in the state is the director-general of Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman.
In a statement on Tuesday, June 16, Lukman expressed fears that the turn of events in Edo might lead the APC into losing the state just like it did Rivers, Bayelsa and even Zamfara, The Cable reports.
He lamented that the APC under Oshiomhole is at the verge of being "clobbered into another undemocratic political platform, which is intolerant to basic tenets of free and fair contests..."
Lukeman added: “Comrade Oshiomhole’s NWC has hawked the soul of the party to political buccaneers whose narrow interest is just about unfairly winning elections.
“Nobody should contemplate leaving the party on account of the rascality going on in the party under Comrade Oshiomhole’s leadership. All members of the party and lovers of democracy in Nigeria must rise against what is going on in APC. It is a struggle for the soul of APC.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidency has spoken about President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on the political travails of Godwin Obaseki which culminated in the Edo governor being disqualified from the APC primary and his eventual resignation from the party.
A presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, June 16, said Buhari tried several times to settle the disagreement between Obaseki and Oshiomhole.
Adesina said after many unsuccessful attempts, the president decided to allow the process to run its course.
Speaking in a video interview with a UK-based Nigerian citizen, Ata Ikiddeh, the presidential spokesperson said Buhari for over a year held meetings with parties in the Edo APC crisis separately.
Adesina said the president refrained from issuing orders either to Obaseki or Oshiomhole as a way of resolving the crisis.
APC disqualifies Obaseki from Edo guber primaries | Legit TV