The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State of refusing to resolve the crisis rocking the party in Edo.
Naija News reports that top members of the APC from Abuja had organised a mega rally to receive Osagie Ize-Iyamu and hundreds of his supporters, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, Philip Shuaibu, the deputy governor, had written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, asking him to stop the rally because it could trigger violence.
Responding, the IGP directed the Commissioner of Police in Edo State to ensure that the rally is suspended.
It was gathered that organisers of the rally moved the event to the private residence of the 2016 governorship candidate of the PDP, Iye-Iyamu along Ugbor-Amagba road in Benin City.
Speaking to newsmen while receiving Ize-Iyamu on Friday, Oshiomhole said Obaseki has been avoiding meetings to resolve the crisis.
“The governor has been refusing and avoiding an all-inclusive meeting where all issues would have been tabled and resolved,” Oshiomhole said.
“Four governors volunteered to attend the meeting, but he has consistently refused to attend the meeting.
“The only way to iron out issues is to sit down and listen to complaints.
“He should not worry about the ticket, but how to win the heart of Edo people. The name of the game is persuasion, not violence.
“The men whose cars were burnt yesterday will never vote for them again. It is unheard of to refuse somebody into your party; politics is a game of numbers.
“l have said it before that the deputy governor is doing damage to his principal.
“I had to pay the price by staying away from the APC rally.”