The wrangling between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole seem not to be ending soon as fresh war of words broke out on Sunday between the Edo State Government and those loyal to Oshiomhole.
The APC primary election ahead of the gubernatorial election which will hold in June 2 ahead of the main election which holds later in the year as well.
As the struggle for power continues between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, efforts to reconcile the two APC factions, each loyal to the other, unsuccessful.
In a bid to block Obaseki’s second term, it was gathered that Oshiomhole’s allies intend to present a consensus candidate to challenge the governor; this could be Osagie Ize-Iyamu who recently returned to the party from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The new twist of the new event involves Oshiomhole, who th state government alleged of violating social distancing directives by organising political gatherings through the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, and Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, in a statement, said that Oshiomhole organised a factional mock primary.
“It is not surprising that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has continued his doom-fated attempt to destabilise the Edo State chapter of the APC.
“But what is most unconscionable is that he is propagating this move at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of Edo people.
“By organising the supposed mock primary on April 30, 2020, with more than 50 persons in attendance, he is undermining efforts of different stakeholders at containing the spread of the virus and also dishonouring all those who have died from it.
“Those who organised the political gathering initially held at Lucky Imasuen’s residence in Benin City later moved to different locations to continue their inglorious show of shame, in the perpetuation of the wishes of their puppet master.
“The antics of Comrade Oshiomhole are well-known, but it bears repeating that he is on a mission to re-enact what happened in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa in Edo State.
“He has continued to perpetuate the ‘factionalising’ of the party in the state, with intent to cause the party to lose its opportunity to participate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.”
The state government has therefore called on the Presidency and the APC leadership to call the former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president and former Edo governor to order.