By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City.
All Progressives Congress APC Stakeholders and Leaders from Edo North Senatorial District in Etsako West, Ward 12 on Monday deplored the purported suspension of APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole by a paid group of Edo State government faction of APC.
Leader of Ward 12, Alhaji SMO Momoh said the suspension is not only illegal but willfully done to malign the National Chairman prior to the conduct of the APC National Executive Council meeting called by the Party National Working Committee headed by his person.
The leaders at an enlarged meeting of the Ward leaders, Excos and Stakeholders held in Okabigbo, in Edo State , said Comrade Adams Oshiomhole courage and fairness as well as his insistence on party supremacy and adherence to the law, have reformed the APC and set the party on the path of progress, orderliness and widespread acceptance.
“We hereby dissociate ourselves from such illegal suspension and pass a vote of confidence on the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole for his quality leadership.
“We and the entire Ward 12 members dissociate ourselves from the purported adoption and endorsement of Godwin Obaseki & Philip Shaibu as party flag bearer for the 2020 gubernatorial election in the state.
” We noticed with dismay the divisive tactics of the ward Chairman Alhaji Aruna Ozamah and other disgruntled collaborators including John Igenegbai, Mohammed Zibiri, Benjamin Ojietu, Abibat Yakubu and Isah Abu. They have constituted themselves to deploy arrogance, antiparty and destructive behaviours.
” The Ward Chairman collaborated with the persons above to allegedly suspend four foremost leaders of the ward without any cause. They also participated in endorsing the purported suspension of the APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. They further participated in the paid endorsement of Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu as flag bearers of the party in the 2020 Edo State governorship election, which campaign has not be approved by INEC.
“All these actions are without the approval of the Ward Executives and the entire Ward 12 members. The Ward can no longer tolerate their breach of the electoral law, antiparty activities, disloyalty, destructive behaviours and unruly practices of the above mentioned political traducers in our Ward. Hence the decision to suspend them.
“So, the Ward Chairman Alhaji Aruna Ozamah and his collaborators Mssers John Igenegbai, Mohammed Zibiri, Benjamin Ojietu, Abibat Yakubu and Isah Abu are hereby suspended from the party activivities and as members of the ward with immediate effect. We also condemn and disown all their purported actions that are inimical to the progress and unity of the party and the Ward.
“The meeting also passed a vote of no confidence on the State Deputy Chairman of APC Mr Kenneth Asekomhe and a member of the Ward for his inefficiency, naivety and collaboration to suspend the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole. His behavior and actions was personal and not a true representation of Ward 12. Hence the decision to suspend him and he is hereby suspended from the party. We also unanimously disown and dissociate the ward from his actions.
” It is hereby resolved that the decision reached at the meeting should be duly cascaded to the appropriate authorities of the party for their information and necessary action. We urge all party members to maintain peace, tranquility and unity at all times.