Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, have entrenched the culture of terrorism and political gangsterism at the expense of the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The state National Assembly caucus on the platform of the APC has said.
This comment came barely 24 hours after the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress set up a fact-finding committee on a mission to find solutions to crisis bedevilling the party in Edo.
This was just as the caucus also passed a vote of confidence on the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The lawmakers, led by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Perter Akpatason, said the APC national chairman “has been doing exceedingly well for the party and just won two tough elections for the party.”
Briefing journalists on Thursday in Abuja on the crisis, the caucus accused Governor Obaseki of setting the party on the path of destruction by his undemocratic approach to doing things.
Akpatson, who delivered a prepared speech on behalf of the caucus, advised the state governor and his management to appreciate the damage they are doing to the state and party with their undemocratic and unorthodox political actions and to retrace their steps with immediate effect.
The caucus also asked the governor to issue another Proclamation as stipulated in the constitution and have all the 24 elected members properly inaugurated so they can duly represent their constituents and make contributions to the growth and development of the state.
According to the lawmakers, “all forms of intimidation and harassment of elected officials, appointees and perceived enemies must stop immediately while peace must be allowed to reign in Edo State, while all concerned must work to enhance democratic practices by opening up political spaces.”
They also called out the deputy governor of the state, Shuaibu, describing his actions as “shameful and devoid of discipline.”
“The shameful acts of indiscipline and political rascality displayed by the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Philip Shaibu, during the first convocation ceremony of the Edo University, Iyamo when he mobilised thugs and motorbike riders to what ought to have been a serene ceremony, was just one of more efforts to step up the culture of intimidation, arrogance of power and uncivil disposition by the custodians of state power in the state and a failed effort to humiliate the national chairman of the APC.”