Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, has accused his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, of engaging in anti-party activities by creating distractions for Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and heightening the tension in Edo State with his activities against the Governor.
In a statement issued by his Public Affairs Adviser, Mr Ray Morphy, Oyegun wondered why Oshiomhole has failed to realise that Governor Godwin Obaseki should be supported as the only APC governor in the South-South zone rather than vilify and destabilise his administration.
In his reaction, Oshiomhole said though he did not want to join issues with his predecessor, he would have preferred him to address him directly.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Simon Ebegbulem, the governing party boss said: “I have no comment. Oyegun is a respected leader of the party and an elder statesman.
“Oshiomhole has so much respect for him. If he really want to address Oshiomhole, he can come out openly to address the man who succeeded him in office and not one Morphy.”
Oyegun, first civilian governor of Edo State, accused Oshiomhole of blatantly and brazenly engaging in anti-party to the extent that the party in Edo is now riven with confusion and division.
“The recent outburst by Mr Obaseki and the report by the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee, indicting current National Chairman of APC, have confirmed my earlier claim that Oshiomhole is not only the architect but also responsible for fuelling the crisis in Edo State.
“In the face of these confirmations, I want to urge Oshiomhole to stop disgracing the ruling party and the good people of Edo State. I wonder how he could easily forget that I never interfered or bothered about how he ran the government as the then governor of Edo state all the while I occupied the position of the party’s National chairman.
“I am yet to come to terms why it has become difficult for Oshiomhole to realise that Obaseki is the only APC governor in the entire South-south and should be allowed to concentrate in giving the people of Edo the dividend of democracy.
“It is shocking that a man who boastfully claimed to have buried godfatherism in Edo state politics could become enmeshed in playing God to his successor. Oshiomhole is not only guilty of godfatherism but also guilty of anti-party activities considering the ignorable role he has been playing and his shameful involvement in the whole Edo crisis.
“Rather than dissipating energy in fomenting more crises, Oshiomhole should rather concentrate in ensuring that the federal government policies conform with the party’s manifesto and campaign promises to the good people of this country.
“If his actions against Obaseki is not antiparty, someone should then explain to me what is antiparty. The problem of the APC is from a singular man, the national chairman who runs the party like an executive chairman. The idea of working singlehanded and inducing the party members to endorse is the problem of the party.
“Look at what is happening in the party today. When was the last time the NEC meeting was held, but when these crises came to the fore, he has called several emergency NWC meetings,” he said.