Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has been fingered as brain behind a current plot to unseat National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The move, which is gathering momentum, is allegedly being supported by some APC chieftains, who are bent head-over-heels to ensure that Oshiomhole succeeds Oyegun when his (Oshiomhole’s) tenure ends in November this year.
According to the coordinator of the Buhari-APC Disciples, Chief Josiah Ilebun, Oshiomhole is spearheading the campaign because he has failed on two occasions to curry the favour of Oyegun.
“Oshiomhole, who is pretending to be unaware of the history of Benin where the Obaseki family played an ignoble role when the British invaded the kingdom in 1897, and is documented to have attempted to usurp the Obaship, is hell-bent on imposing a descendant of Obaseki as his successor and will do so at all costs.
“He went to Abuja with a list of former APC members whom he frustrated out of the party and asked Oyegun to replace them, using his over 500 aides of special assistants and executive directors. When the plot ‎failed, he suggested a fresh congress to elect delegates for the governorship primary, but again lost.”
Chief Ilebun, who said it is a shame that trouble for the APC national chairman is being masterminded by his state governor, added that, “Oshiomhole is so angry with the national chairman of the APC and is busy working hard to remove him so that he can also be the Edo godfather despite being the apostle of ‘One man One vote,’ and ‘Let the people lead’, slogans.”
Besides, another group known as Concerned Edo Leaders of Thought, CELT, also confirmed the alleged plot by a prominent governor in the south-south, to succeed if Odigie-Oyegun if he is removed.
CELT chairman, Colonel Paul Ogbeb‎or said, “The saga surrounding the plot to unseat Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as the national chairman of the APC, is worrisome,” accusing the governor of plotting the removal of Oyegun and wanting to impose his candidates as governor and deputy governor in the forthcoming governorship poll in the state.
“As a group, CELT passionately seeks to ensure that justice is done to Edo people in a polity that marginalises those whose interests are not properly protected and represented due to intimidation or other self-serving plots by the larger majority.
“Time will tell and no matter the outcome, our position and support for Chief Odigie-Oyegun remains unwavering,” he said in a statement.

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  • Auta62

    The contraption called APC is gradually tearing apart. It may not be too long the Party will go up in flames. Kano and Edo States are already providing the fuel for this explosion.