Reactions trail Obaseki, deputy’s exit from APC

Reactions trail Obaseki, deputy's exit from APC
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

…Oshiomhole frightened of educated individuals — Obaseki; I’m leaving APC with nice pains — Shaibu

…We’re not conscious of Obaseki’s resignation —APC; It’s good riddance  —Imuse, Edo APC factional chair

…I’ll serve out my tenure as Edo APC chairman – Ojezua; We welcome Obaseki, others —Edo PDP chair

…Buhari tried to settle Oshiomhole/Obaseki rift — Femi Adesina

By Clifford Ndujihe, Dapo Akinrefon,  Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Gabriel Enogholase, Omeiza Ajayi, Dirisu Yakubu & Ozioruva Aliu

The polity was awash with combined views, yesterday, as Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and his Deputy, Comrade Phillip Shaibu, ended days of speculations on the path of their political future by quitting the All Progressives Congress, APC.

On the heels of this growth, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal affirmed suspension of APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by his ward in Edo State, It could be recalled that an Abuja High Court at Jabi had on March 4, suspended Oshiomhole from performing the duties of the National Chairman of the APC.

Obaseki’s quest for second time period on the platform of the APC went up in smoke by way of his disqualification for the June 22 main by the occasion’s screening committee.

The governor, who introduced his resignation whereas talking with State House correspondents on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari, mentioned he would quickly disclose the political platform he’ll use to hunt re-election within the September 19 ballot.

Governor Obaseki took a swipe at his predecessor and National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, describing him as one who’s frightened of educated individuals and had brigandage as his inventory in commerce.

Following Obaseki’s footsteps, Comrade Phillip Shaibu, additionally resigned from the ruling occasion “with great pain” saying that the APC has been hijacked and Oshiomhole’s ‘’undemocratic and dictatorial tendencies have grow to be insupportable.”

The resignations elicited combined reactions, yesterday, as factional Chairman of Edo APC loyal to Oshiomhole, Col David Imuse, retd, described the resignation nearly as good riddance to unhealthy garbage.

“It is a highly welcome development, in fact it is much expected and it is a good riddance to bad rubbish. The party remains the party, we are preparing for our party primaries so by Monday all of you should be prepared to witness the direct primaries which is going to be a seamless operation because the major pollutant and irritant in our party has filtered himself out. So, the party is in a joyous mood, I believe you can feel it from my voice,” he advised Vanguard.

However, the chairman of the faction of the occasion loyal to Obaseki, Mr. Anselm Ojezua, mentioned although the occasion has misplaced an enormous asset within the state he would see to the top his 4 years mandate as chairman of the occasion.

His phrases: “It didn’t come to me as a surprise, though I am very saddened by the development. I think APC has lost a huge asset. I still have my mandate as the elected party chairman of APC in Edo State, which expires by 2020 and I intend to complete that mandate. We met last Saturday and the state working committee of the party is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) and after our meeting we will make a statement/”

Like Shaibu, many APC members are anticipated to hitch Governor Obaseki in his voyage to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in what one in all his supporters mentioned “will be a mass exodus” out of APC.

Indeed, Edo State chairman of the PDP, Mr. Anthony Aziegbemi mentioned the occasion is able to welcome Obaseki and his supporters. A supporter of the governor advised Vanguard  that he would be part of PDP with chairmen of the 18 native councils of the state and different supporters.

However, the ruling APC mentioned it’s not conscious of Obaseki’s resignation.

Why I visited Buhari – Obaseki

Obaseki defined that he was on the State House to see President Muhammadu Buhari in achievement of his promise that earlier than he takes any resolution on his political future after being disqualified by the APC Screening Committee, he would transient the President.

He mentioned: “You keep in mind in my final tweet, after my disqualification was introduced by APC, I mentioned that I’ll decide after I’ve consulted with the management and my supporters in Edo State and in addition having knowledgeable the President.

“I’m simply right here at this time to tell you that I’ve now determined, formally, to resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress.

Having performed, that I’ll now announce within the subsequent few days my particular line of motion and what platform I will likely be contesting the gubernatorial election.”

On leaving APC

Asked why he resigned his membership of the ruling occasion, he mentioned: “I am sure the whole country knows and is aware of what has gone on with me and the party chairman in party leadership, which culminated in my disqualification as a gubernatorial aspirant and upon that unfortunate decision by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, I have decided to go and seek my gubernatorial aspiration on another platform.”

On Comrade Oshiomhole’s remark that incumbency doesn’t imply victory at election, he merely mentioned: “Time will tell. Let us go to the polls and Nigerians will see.”

On alleged inconsistencies in his credentials which was one of many causes for his disqualification, Obaseki mentioned: “Someone who hasn’t gone to highschool, who doesn’t have certificates himself, is not going to know and perceive what inconsistencies in certificates are, that’s the start line.

“What is the inconsistency? There’s no inconsistency in my certificates. The difficulty was in 2016, once I contested for gubernatorial election, I couldn’t discover the originals of my certificates as a result of I hadn’t required them for greater than 20 years.

“So, I deposed to an affidavit that I couldn’t discover the originals. Subsequently, I discovered all the unique copies of all my certificates and they’re with me. So I don’t perceive what’s inconsistent about that.

“Maybe the inconsistency within the Youths Corps certificates the place he mentioned my surname was lacking an ‘i’ on the finish, however in the event you take a look at that it was like a cursive, it was written in a cursive method. So if that’s inconsistency for him, then it’s actually unhappy that folks of that high quality are main Nigeria’s ruling occasion.

“For him, it was simply to search for an excuse to take no matter resolution he desires to take and it’s actually unhappy that the occasion construction at this time offers him that kind of authority with out checks, that’s harmful for any system or any establishment.

When you give authority and duty to individuals who don’t have character, individuals who would not have finesse, a way of justice, then that establishment is imperiled.”

Asked what he mentioned with PDP governors over the weekend, he mentioned that he went to get recommendation from individuals who had handed by re-election course of earlier than.

“First, these are my brother governors who are from my sub-region, some of them have gone through similar experience I am going through. It is only proper that when you have challenges of this nature, you will go and talk to people who have gone through similar experience for advice. That is basically what I went to do with them,” he mentioned.

Asked whether or not he would supply degree enjoying floor for occasion primaries as Oshiomhole requested him to do, he mentioned: “He, Adams Oshiomhole, has he? As Governor Nyesom Wike said, he should practice what he preaches, he has never done so. He has not provided a level playing ground even in the selection process, the disqualification process: what is the basis for disqualifying someone like Chris Ogiemwonyi?”

Oshiomhole frightened of educated individuals

“You are afraid of people who find themselves educated since you didn’t go to highschool. You are afraid of people that have one thing to supply as a result of all he is aware of the way to provide is brigandage, and disaster. So for us, Nigeria has to maneuver ahead past a number of the characters who’re at the moment overseeing our political polity and they’re scared.

“They are scared that when individuals of substance, when people who find themselves confirmed, when individuals who have succeeded in different points of life come into politics, they are going to be historical past.

‘’For me, this struggle isn’t about grabbing political energy, it’s not about me, it’s not about attempting to show a way of significance, no. It’s for us, 21 years into this Republic, democracy should mature, however as democracy is maturing, we now want to start to indicate that politics can not and shouldn’t be the protect of a sure character of individuals.

“People of accomplishment, people of knowledge, people of character must also be accommodated in the political space. You don’t have to be a ruffian to be a politician, you don’t have to be a brigand to be a politician, you don’t have to be a thief to be a politician.”

On his possibilities of successful election on one other occasion platform, he expressed optimism that the individuals of Edo State will help his re-election.

Why Obaseki deserves second time period, by Shaibu

Following Obaseki, Comrade Shaibu in his resignation letter addressed to the Ward Chairman, APC Ward 11, Etsako West Local Government Area, mentioned: “I write pursuant to Article 9.5 (i) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to formally resign my Membership of the All Progressives Congress and to inform you of my formal withdrawal from all or any of its proceedings and processes whatsoever. Please note that this resignation takes immediate effect.”

An announcement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Benjamin Atu quoted Shaibu as saying within the letter that “It is with nice ache that I’m leaving the All Progressive Congress (APC) I helped and laboured to construct because of the reckless and absolute lawlessness of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

“His undemocratic and dictatorial tendencies exhibited always have grow to be insupportable. The APC has been hijacked for some Personal and egocentric pursuits of a person, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The top of all of it was his highhandedness and illiberal conduct on the APC screening train.’’

In one other assertion, Shaibu gave causes Obaseki must be given a second time period.

“The volumes of the government programmes and projects that are creating wealth and job opportunities, reviving collapsed business enterprises stimulating agriculture and local food production are reasons why Governor Godwin Obaseki is in the race in order to consolidate on these first-term achievements in office.”

He defined additional that the returned of an equitable dispensation of the State assets which has been the bedrock of the Obaseki administration negates what was the norm through the earlier administration when Edo Central was totally minimize off and uncared for as a non-existing a part of the state on account of political vendetta in opposition to the elder statesman, late Chief Tony Anenih.

We welcome Obaseki, others —Edo PDP chairman

Meanwhile, Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Anthony Aziegbemi mentioned the occasion will welcome the governor if he needs to hitch the PDP.

Aziegbemi, who affirmed that Obaseki has made contact with the occasion mentioned: “We are expecting him (Obaseki) and our arms are open for him to come to the PDP. I don’t know when he will be coming but I am sure that when he comes back from Abuja, we will firm up all the details.”

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He added: “Until he comes forth, till he expresses his want to contest, we is not going to be able to have a look at these papers. It is after he has joined us and he says he desires to contest, we’ll ask for these papers and see what’s there.

“We will not look at those papers with the eyes of the APC. I am sure with the APC eyes; they will need to wear some glasses. Our eyes are very clean and we are going to look at those papers.”

On the destiny of the PDP aspirants within the occasion that Obaseki seeks to contest, he mentioned: “The three aspirants have kept the party going.  There is nothing to worry about their welfare; they are fine and great party men. We owe them a world of gratitude.”

Mixed reactions path Obaseki’s resignation from APC

Opinions have been divergent over Obaseki’s resignation. Imuse, Edo APC factional chairman, mentioned the governor’s exit has paved the way in which for a seamless APC main.

On whether or not Obaseki’s going to a different occasion received’t have an effect on the fortunes of the APC within the election he mentioned: “Membership of political parties is voluntary so he can go to anywhere he likes, it is his constitutional right, it has no effect on APC.”

Obaseki‘ll handover on Nov 12— Obadan

Former Deputy Governor, Rev Peter Obadan mentioned: “I think the politics will be bright, he is going to commit himself; nobody is going to stop him from that but on the 12th  of November he is going to handover to another governor to be elected because it is not going to Obaseki this time around. I think politically we are better off in APC, all the headache is gone, all the stress eliminated. And you know politics goes beyond money and how I wish we know that power is transient, when you are there people hail you and the moment you step out of the place you are rejected.”

We‘re with Obaseki — Idahosa

However, Chief Charles Idahosa, one of many strongest supporters of Obaseki, who was political adviser to Oshiomhole, mentioned he and his supporters would go along with Obaseki wherever he goes.

“It (Obaseki’s resignation) is a good development. We took the decision, the party leadership and the LGA executives. That is what I have been saying since; APC is now Adams Progressives Congress and not APC. We are still talking, the governor has not decided and when he decides, wherever he goes we will all move with him.”

I’m shocked – Speaker Okiye

Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Frank Okiye advised  Vanguard  on cellphone that he was shocked on the information of his resignation describing the governor as somebody who was “humiliated by his party despite all he did to strengthen the party and enhance the development of the state.”

We’re not conscious of Obaseki’s resignation, defection — APC

However, the nationwide physique of the the ruling APC mentioned it’s not conscious of the reported resignation or defection of Governor Obaseki from its fold.

National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in a response to media inquiries mentioned: “The party has no record of the reported defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the Progressive party. We cannot comment at this moment on media reports suggesting the Edo governor or anyone else has left our great party,” he mentioned.

Akeredolu, D-G APC Govs Forum react

On his half, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State mentioned occasion leaders have agreed that it was not the correct time to apportion blames, saying there could be an auspicious time to have a look at the difficulty.

His views got here because the Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum,PGF, Salihu Lukman, berated  the National Chairman of the occasion, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for “hawking the party to political buccaneers” who’re ready to illegally reap from the place they didn’t present. Lukman disclosed this in a private assertion issued Tuesday in Abuja.

Akeredolu was talking on Tuesday when he visited the nationwide secretariat of the occasion to submit his nomination and expression of curiosity types.

He was flanked by Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, federal and state lawmakers in addition to members of the state Executive Council.

He mentioned: “On the issue of our party and Governor Obaseki, let me be fair to all of us and I know that you will be fair to me too, that for now, most of us who are in the party have decided that, ‘look, this is not the time to talk about our party or apportion blames’. We will wait. The time will be there for us to look at what the party has done and by then I will be able to respond accordingly.”

Akeredolu who promised to consolidate on the achievements of his first time period, additionally advised Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum NGF isn’t a toothless bulldog.

The Rivers State governor had slammed the Forum for its lack of ability to avoid wasting Gov. Obaseki from being disqualified from the occasion’s main in Edo state, saying the discussion board has grow to be a “toothless bulldog” and a “beggars forum.”

According to Akeredolu: “Wike has his personal evaluation that the Governors’ Forum is now a toothless bulldog, I don’t imagine so. The Governors’ Forum has been concerned in lots of issues, we’ve engaged the Executive within the National Economic Council and we’ve gained so much for our respective states, it’s not a straightforward factor. We have needed to meet with the president on numerous challenges.

“We are engaged with the Central Bank of Nigeria nearly daily, we’ve conferences and even now digital conferences nearly each different week. All we go there to debate is about our states and relationship with the Federal Government.

“There are so many things that the forum has achieved. If in Wike’s view, one thing is missing or one thing was not done, it cannot be something you use in judging the Governors’ Forum.”

Political buccaneers

Lukman in his assertion titled, “Struggle for the Soul of APC,” mentioned Oshiomhole has bought the occasion to political buccaneers, lamenting that the APC may lose Edo because it did Zamfara State.

Noting that there was nothing incorrect in politicians having ambitions, Lukman mentioned “what should be debated is the content of our ambitions and what we want to use it for/”

He mentioned: “To the extent that we’re again within the trenches of undemocratic and brazen conduct of occasion leaders, we should rise to the problem of partaking our leaders to rescue our occasion, APC, from the fingers of leaders who’re illiberal. That was the motivation, which guided the method resulting in the emergence of APC. No one, irrespective of his/her place ought to take Nigerians for a journey. Whether in APC or out of APC, no one ought to think about that occasion members don’t matter.

“It is clear that APC leadership as currently constituted under the leadership of Comrade Oshiomhole is imprudent and cannot be entrusted with the task of leading the party. Comrade Oshiomhole’s NWC has hawked the soul of the party to political buccaneers whose narrow interest is just about unfairly winning elections.”

Lukman additionally challenged Comrade Oshiomhole to publish the membership register of the APC for every of the states of the federation, including that direct primaries can’t be carried out with out such register.

APC has taken politics far under what PDP did

“These two factors, membership information and mechanism for battle administration are on the coronary heart of all of the challenges dealing with the APC at this time. They are challenges that outline politics in Nigeria throughout all of the republics since independence. Perhaps, lack of ability of political events to develop applicable mechanisms for managing these challenges was the catalysing issue for the emergence of APC. The emergence of APC with potential to institute new paradigm of inner occasion contest was a part of the explanations for its electoral successes of 2015. Sadly, quickly after the 2015 victory, we seem to have relapsed again to the outdated political tradition of imposition and cash politics.

“Recalling particularly, below the PDP between 1999 and 2015, how Nigerians have been robbed of the chance to have decisions throughout elections, most Nigerians anticipated some decorum and civility within the inner administration of electoral contests in APC. We can resolve to rejoice ourselves and make all method of public claims. Whatever argument, we might want to make in defence of our indefensible actuality, irrespective of how eloquently acknowledged, we’ve betrayed our members, or if you wish to put it mildly, we’ve departed from our founding philosophy. In reality, we’ve taken Nigerian politics to a degree far under what it was earlier than 2015, no due to Comrade Oshiomhole.

Lamenting that the NWC is the one functioning organ of the APC now, he pleaded with members to not go away the occasion.

“For the avoidance of doubt, APC does not belong to anybody. It is a product of sacrifice by leaders and members of our old legacy parties. Nobody should contemplate leaving the party on account of the rascality going on in the party under Comrade Oshiomhole’s leadership. All members of the party and lovers of democracy in Nigeria must rise against what is going on in APC. It is a struggle for the soul of APC.”

Groups again Obaseki, carpet Oshiomhole

Meanwhile a bunch, Obaseki/Shaibu Diaspora Connect made up  of Edo individuals in Diaspora has carpeted Oshiomhole for his alleged actions that led to the disqualification of Governor Obaaseki from the occasion’s governorship primaries and his eventual resignation from the occasion.

Spokesperson of the group, Comrade Stanley Osakhuenorkhodin acknowledged this throughout a press convention in Benin.

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Urging Edo individuals to again Obaseki, he mentioned: “The same godfatherism that was killed by Adams Oshiomhole with the collaborative support of all Edo people is raising its ugly head again, this time from a man like Oshiomhole who led the fight against godfatherism in the state.”

Also, Concerned Edo Citizens, CEC, in an announcement, mentioned Oshiomhole’s alleged deceit, greed and incompetence made APC to lose Zamfara, Rivers and Bayelsa governorship and different places of work, lamenting {that a} comparable state of affairs is enjoying out in Edo.

Said the group: “Like a moving disaster, Oshiomhole is back again, circumventing the party’s constitution and imposing his will with an unsuitable candidate on the Edo State chapter of the party. How can the chairman of a political party whose main objective is progress and development be opposed to a governor who has performed so well and favour a man whose integrity he had earlier doubted?”

Appeal Court grants accelerated listening to on main

Meantime, the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State has granted a movement for accelerated listening to for the attraction to a swimsuit filed by APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, difficult the decrease court docket’s restraining order to not use direct mode of main for its June 22 governorship main

A 3-man panel of justices presided over by Justice Morenike Ogunwoniju additionally granted an order for departure from the principles of the court docket of attraction to listen to the attraction.

The APC and Oshiomhole had instituted an attraction difficult the keep of execution order granted by the federal court docket on June 8, restraining them from conducting direct main election within the state because of a swimsuit filed by Kenneth Asekomhe and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, who’ve each been expelled from the occasion, to restrain the APC, Oshiomhole Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Inspector-General of Police from going forward with the first election.

At the listening to yesterday, counsel to the appellant, Kingsley Obamogie urged the justices to grant the appellant’s utility and dismiss the applying by the primary and second respondents–in search of to truncate the appellant’s proper to course of its attraction arguing that the primary and second respondents filed a counter affidavit opposing the movement in search of “the lordship of keep of execution order of the decrease court docket however didn’t specific opposition to the movement on departure and acceleration of listening to.

“The respondents can not now stand earlier than your lordship and resign from what they mentioned earlier.

“An order restraining us from the mode of primary is of primary importance and that is why we have come here to vent. It is a constitutional right that the appellant has exercised by coming to your lordship,” he mentioned.

However, counsel to the primary and second respondents, Ken Mozia (SAN), opposed the movement, noting that the Court of Appeal lacks the vires to listen to a movement filed in federal excessive court docket and transmitted to the Court of Appeal.

“I urged your lordship to refuse this application. The lower court has not made any pronouncement or expressed opinion on any of the substantive case or various notices of preliminary objections filed by the parties,” he mentioned.

Following arguments between the counsels, the justices in a unanimous resolution struck out the primary and second respondents movement in search of to refuse listening to of the attraction.

Consequently, the court docket adjourned to Thursday, June 18 for listening to, and gave the respondents 24 hours to file their respondent’s transient in reply to the appellant’s transient The appellant was given 12 hours to file reply to the respondent’s transient.

Buhari tried to settle Oshiomhole/Obaseki rift — Femi Adesina

Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari made a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt at settling the rifts between Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, earlier than he lastly determined to permit their rift to run its course.

Adesina, in line with on-line platform, The Will, made this often called he gave an perception into President Buhari’s stance on the political travails of the Edo state governor

Obaseki, who has been preventing a protracted political battle with Oshiomhole was on Friday disqualified by the APC from contesting the forthcoming governorship main of the occasion.

Obaseki later introduced his resignation on Tuesday from the APC after he met with the President in Abuja.

“One factor concerning the President is that he likes to be truthful to all people  So those that are complaining he has not performed this, he has not performed that, they don’t know what he has performed. What he has performed is to fulfill with the events individually. And he has been doing this for greater than a yr for the reason that disaster in Edo started.

“So, if the individuals are in entrenched positions and refuse to shift floor, what would the President do as a democrat? You enable the method to run its course.

“What individuals anticipate the President to do is to legislate issues, to order Obaseki ‘No, step down’ or order Oshiomhole ‘No, give him the ticket’.

“That is not democracy. When you begin to order and legislate things like that you would be unfair to one party.”


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