The Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 18 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Edo State have passed a vote of no confidence on the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
They have also suspended him from the party.
The decision was announced on Tuesday via a statement jointly signed by the APC Chairman and Assistant Secretary in the state, Anselm Ojezua and Ikuenobe Anthony, respectively.
The statement said Oshiomhole was suspended for his alleged role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
The APC chieftains in the state insisted that they do not want what happened in Zamfara State to repeat in the state.
Recall that the APC had been unable to field candidates in 2019 general elections in Zamfara due to internal wrangling.
The statement read in part: “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 vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole and the suspension are the fallout of his role in trying to disintegrate the party in Edo State.
“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.”
Meanwhile, another statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the body and Etsako West Chairman, Ibrahim Akokia, as well as his Etsako Central and Owan West counterparts, Suleiman Bagudu and Lugard Alukpe respectively, the 18 LGA Chairmen of APC in Edo distanced themselves from Oshiomhole’s suspension.
They claimed not to be aware of any meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on Oshiomhole.
According to them, the APC National Chairman was “doing very well”.
They however accused the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, of harassment and intimidation, adding that his actions could destroy the APC in the state.
They, therefore, called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel Governor Obaseki from the party over allegations of anti-party activities.