- The chairman of APC in Oshiomhole's ward, Stephen Oshawo, has explained why the ex-governor of Edo state was suspended
- Oshiomhole was suspended in November 2019, over alleged anti-party activities
- Oshawo said he was unfairly treated, despite being a chairman during Oshiomhole’s tenure as governor of the state
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Some weeks after the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ward 10 chairman of the party in the Etsako West local government area of Edo state, Stephen Oshawo, has explained why he suspended the former national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Premium Times reports that Oshiomhole was controversially suspended by his ward in Edo state in November 2019, for alleged anti-party activities.
Legit.ng had reported how the decision was upheld by different courts and contributed to the crisis that rocked the party before the final dissolution of the NWC at the party’s emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oshawo, at an award ceremony in Benin City, the capital of Edo state, on Thursday, July 9, lamented how he was unfairly treated despite being a chairman during Oshiomhole’s rule as governor of the state.
He said the former governor did not pay his pensions for eight months when he was governor of the state, adding that the condition was reversed in a month after Godwin Obaseki assumed office as a state governor.
“You know, this government (Obaseki’s government) believes in development and the masses. The truth is that, when the former government (Oshiomhole) was in power as the governor of the state, I was an insider, I was the chairman of ward 10. I suffered many things and nobody knew me or recognised me.
“As a chairman to the governor of the state, I couldn’t receive my gratuity as a pensioner and as a chairman to Oshiomhole when he was still the governor of the state, I was not able to get my pension for eight months, but when Godwin Obaseki came in, it didn’t take him up to a month, he paid my gratuity and not only me but all the pensioners in Edo state."
This Day also noted that Oshawo who denied facing any threat from his home, further stated: “I just came back from home yesterday because of this award. I have been at home for more than a week now. When comrade Goodluck called me yesterday to say this was going to happen in Benin, that is why I came and if not, I would have been at home by now. Nobody drove me from my home. I stayed in my home, I worked in my home.
“I believe in God and I don’t know if anybody is threatening me but the pressure is political. I don’t have any personal pressure from any quarters but I don’t know my enemies and I don’t know if somebody is planning. You know when David killed Goliath, people were singing that David killed 10,000 while Saul killed 1,000," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the ruling PDP in Edo state declared that it would make rigging impossible for the APC and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, during the incoming governorship election in the state.
It was reported that the party in a thread of tweet on Thursday, July 9, said that the APC should desist from its plots to rig the Edo election, saying that the people of the state would firmly resist it.
The party asked members of the APC to blame themselves for their current woes and get ready to accept their inevitable crushing defeat at the poll.
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