The Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the party’s national chairman and a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole and the state’s Secretary of the party, Lawrence Okah from the party.
In a statement issued on Tuesday and jointly signed by the state’s chairman, Anselm Ojezua and Assistant state secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony said Oshiomhole was suspended after a vote of no confidence was passed on him as a measure to avert the fate that befell the party in Zamfara state.
“Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state” the statement said.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence in him and he stands suspended from the party.
“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”
On Okah, the statement said, “The State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has this morning, 12th of November, 2019, passed a vote of no confidence in the State Secretary, Mr. Lawrence Okah, in accordance with Article 17 (v) of the constitution of the party.”
“The effect of this is that Mr. Lawrence Okah ceases to be the State Secretary of the party henceforth.
“An appropriate replacement will be effected in due course in accordance with Article 17 (vi) of the said constitution.”
However, the chairmen of all the local government areas of the party in the state rejected the suspension of Oshiomhole and Okah. In a statement issued by the Chairman of the chairmen and the chairman of the party in Estako Central, Mr Ibrahim Akokia and Suleman Bagudu maintained that Ojezua remained suspended from the party over anti-party activities and passed a vote of no confidence on governor Godwin Obaseki.
The statement reads in part,“We are the chairmen of the party in the 18 LGAs and we are not aware of the meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on the national chairman of our party, Comrade Oshiomhole, who is doing very well. Rather, we are aware that majority of the chairmen haven suffered intimidation, harassment and assault in the hands of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration. Therefore, we chairmen have passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Obaseki, the suspended state chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua. They have not only failed the party but the people of the state. Besides, from the disclosure from the some PDP leaders, Obaseki and Ojezua, have been involved in anti-party activities. Therefore, they lack the moral rights to remain in this party. Oshiomhole remains our leader and we pass vote of confidence in his leadership.
“It is sad that the governor and his cohorts are using money to induce our members but majority of them we are happy have resisted his moves to intimidate them. We call on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel Obaseki from APC because he is on a mission to destroy APC in Edo State but we will resist it.”