The suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been ratified by the Executive Council of the Edo State Chapter of the party.
The executives reached the decision at an enlarged meeting of the council and other party chieftains with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in Benin City, today.
During the meeting, the leaders said that the suspension of Oshiomhole is important as he has allegedly been fueling disharmony in the party in collaboration with the proscribed group, Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).
While addressing APC leaders from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state
The State Chairman of the APC, Anslem Ojezua Esq, while addressing APC leaders from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state traced the genesis of the crisis to the primary elections in 2018.
He noted: “All these started since the party primaries in 2018 when we conducted the primaries to nominate candidates for the general elections held in 2019. It appeared that after that elections, Edo APC didn’t know peace again.
“The issues were later aggravated in April and May 2019 which culminated in the formation of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), an infamous group we proscribed in our last meeting.”
Ojezua noted that he was surprised by his removal as the state working committee who removed him do no have the powers to do so.
The chieftain added: “Our constitution has a provision to remove officers at the state level. It is only the State Executive Committee that has the power to remove any officer.”
“Yesterday, 15 chairmen of the APC chapters in the local councils and 23 out of the 35 members of the State Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, while a vote of confidence was passed on my person.
“The APC Local council chairmen have found out that Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC and following the findings, lost confidence in the leadership of the national chairman by passing a vote of no confidence on him.