AGENE GODWIN, Benin
Crisis rocking the All Progressives Party (APC) in Edo state has taken a new dimension as, the party youths and ward leaders in Edo central have disassociated themselves from the purported suspension of their leaders.
In an enlarged meeting held in ward nine, Opoji in Edo central local government area, the executives and members of APC condemned the suspension of Chief Francis Inegbeneki, Henry Okoror, Ken Ihensekhen and others.
The State Working Committee of the party had amongst others in an emergency meeting ratified the suspension of Chief Inegbeneki, Chief Okoror, vice chairman of the party (Edo Central) and Hon. Ihensekhien over illegal detention and holding hostage of the State Chairman, Barr. Anslem Ojezua at Uromi on January 2 , 2017.
According to a communiqué signed by the secretary of ward 9, Barrister Momodu Onusua and Monday. Ojeaga, the youth leaders called on the leadership of the party in the state and National headquarters to intervene in the issue.
“While trusting that the leadership of APC will do the needful, we hereby unequivocally pass a vote of implicit confidence on our leaders, Chief Francis. Inegbeneki and others.”
The All ProgressiveS Youths Disciples , (APYD), on their part said, “we condemn in strong terms the unlawful suspension of our highly responsive, dedicated and committed leaders.
“The activities of Anselm Ojezua on the alleged suspension of these leaders amount to harassment, intimidation, abuse of power of his office, which negates and contravenes article 21 of APC party constitution which provides for principles of fair hearing.
He said, ” we believe Anselm Ojezua and a few cabals are on a serial mission to destroy the party in Edo state so that PDP can take over this state. How else can one explain what is happening, why is it that it is this period when all APC members are supposed to rally round Governor Godwin Obaseki to win the case in tribunal, that they are chasing people away from the party?”
“We call on the leadership of the party in the state and National Headquarters to intervene in this issue. We cannot watch our leaders being embarrassed in this manner, and a few destroying the party.
” While trusting that the leaders of APC will do the needful for the progress of our great party, we hereby unequivocally pass votes of implicit confidence on these leaders; High Chief Francis Inegbeneki, Henry Okoror , Ken Ihensekhen, Henry. Okpamenm and others, he concluded.
But in a swift reaction, Francis Inegbineki said the State Party Chairman, Barr. Anselm Ojezua lacks the power to suspend him, adding that he can only be suspended by the ward party leaders as he doesn’t have the constitutional right to suspend him.
He said Ojezua became uncomfortable and started exploring illegal means to suspend him, the moment he was unanimously adopted as the party leader in Edo Senatorial District in a motion moved by a former commissioner in the state at a meeting well attended by party members, leaders precisely January 2nd in Uromi, the administrative headquarters of Esan Norh East local government area.
He said he became the object of attack having accused the party chairman of embezzling the party’s funds during the last Governorship election in addition to engaging in anti-party activities.