As the clouds gather over who wears the crown as Edo State governor when the incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole leaves office in November 2016, a simmering crisis is enveloping the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
With interest groups emerging and championing the adoption of Mr. Godwin Obaseki, chairman of the State Economic Team who is rumoured to be the governor’s choice, a faction of the party on Wednesday suspended ‎the leader of Edo South and vice chairman of the party, Mr. Gentleman Amegor while another Charles Idahosa earned a vote of no confidence in Uhunwode.
Amegor, a founding member of the AC and ACN before it merged with other political parties to form the APC, has however called the bluff of the group, saying it “has no powers to do so and for reasons that can best be described as flimsy and laughable.”
He, however, said he was not surprised at the development as it was a “pre-meditated attempt to intimidate me and coerce me into accepting to help market an unsalable commodity in the name of a governorship aspirant, which they claim has been handed over to them by the state governor.”
He said, “I make bold to say that as a true Benin man I will not succumb to this intimidation and blackmail as I’m aware of those that will best serve the interest of the Benin people in the next election.”
And as ‎the crisis train landed at Uhumwode in Edo South same day, an attempt by a special adviser on political matters to the governor and leader of Uhumwode chapter of the APC, Charles Idahosa, to announce the governor’s chosen aspirant for the governorship was rebuffed.
It was learnt that the meeting, which held in Idahosa’s residence at Ehor and had in attendance several leaders of the local government chapter of the party, ended abruptly as the party faithful chorused in unison that the governor cannot tell them what to do, rather he should allow all aspirants to go to the field to contest in the primaries.


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