Barely few hours after the official announcement of Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the Sept 19 election in Edo State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo State chapter on Sunday has said the erstwhile national chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, should be held responsible for the party’s loss in Saturday’s governorship election which was won by Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking with a popular daily (independent) Barr. Anselm Ojezua, the Edo state chairman of APC said the result of the election has vindicated his position that Oshiomhole’s dictatorial attitude will lead to the downfall of the party in the state.
While calling on the party leadership to sanction Oshiomhole, Ojezua said members of the APC in Edo may be forced to review their membership of the party if disciplinary action is not taken against the former Edo state governor.
I think the position of Edo APC, prior to the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki has been vindicated. Before that, the Edo APC had already reached a consensus with Obaseki as the candidate but Oshiomhole thought otherwise”.
“He abused his office as National chairman, pushed the governor out of the party and you can see that the beneficiary is now PDP.
The result of his illegal actions is what we witnessed today. I don’t see how APC can recover from this”.
“Oshiomhole factionalised the party, created a faction in the name of EPM, brought a candidate from outside the party and forced him down the throat of the party. They campaigned without the party behind them and they expected to win. This is the result”.
“That was why I said I will not speak until after the election and now I have been vindicated. If I spoke before the election, they will say it is anti-party. Now we know who has done anti-party”.
"Honestly, if the party does not do anything to sanction Oshiomhole, then we in Edo APC will have to review our membership of that party, because we gave notice, we warned the party, we petitioned the leadership; there is nothing we did not do to salvage the situation within the last 15 to 18 months”.
“The party only took steps after Obaseki has left which is an irredeemable loss. Everyone can see the result now”.