By David Olalekan.
Following the cold war between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his predecessor, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a former Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Edo State, Charles Idahosa, has warned that the APC risked going into extinction in the state if by error or commission, Governor Obaseki leaves the party.
Idahosa disclosed his readiness to join Governor Obaseki to other political parties if the governor is forced to leave the APC, adding that peace can only be restored in the Edo Assembly if the 15 lawmakers-elect comply with the party’s directive on zoning of leadership in the Assembly.
The former commissioner who spoke with journalists in Benin today, maintained his call for Oshiomhole’s resignation as APC National Chairman.
He said, “Oshiomhole should resign and stop embarrassing Edo people and the rest of Nigerians. For a National Chairman of a party to lose five states is an insult to our sensibility.
“Obaseki won all the 24 seats in the Assembly but Oshiomhole media aides gave the credit to Oshiomhole.
“They are harassing Obaseki so that progress in the state can stop. Nobody has told us what Obaseki has done.
“Those lawmakers are now in Abuja engaging themselves in financial bargaining as exposed by Seid Oshiomhole’s confession on social media.
“Let them come home and destabilise Edo. If by error or commission Obaseki is pushed out, then APC is dead in Edo.”
Idahosa also dismissed claims that Governor Obaseki was ungrateful to his predecessor for bringing him to power, noting that Obaseki first helped Oshiomhole raise millions of naira to enable him contest elections in 2007.