By Emmanuel Aziken
The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has threatened decisive actions against associates of the national chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who had been congregating around a body the state chapter says it does not recognize.
The State Chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, in a statement warned that he had received information of party members forming structures around the Edo Peoples Movement and warned that decisive measures would be taken against anyone identifying with the body as an appendage of the party.
The EPM is led by Mr. Henry Idahagbon, who served as attorney general in the Oshiomhole administration and had led assoicates of the national chairman in the recent rebellion against the incumbent governor.
Ojezua in a statement late on Thursday warned that the party will not allow the “reckless antics of shameless and selfish individuals to dictate the fortunes of the Party.”
The party further explained that its decision is aimed at preserving and protecting its integrity since the group has refused to desist from associating their nefarious activities with the State APC.
The statement reads: “On the 28th May, 2019, pursuant to a meeting of the State Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress, Edo State Chapter, we caused a disclaimer to be published regarding the formation of a group going by the name Edo Peoples Movement being organised by certain individuals, purporting same to be an offshoot of the APC.
“In the publication, we took the pains to clarify that the constitution of our Party, the APC does not have provision for groups such as the one in question and to that extent, such a group or movement was antithetical to the unity and stability our Party. We, therefore, directed that those behind the said movement should desist from associating their nefarious activities with the APC.”
The party added, “Information reaching us indicates that rather than heed the legitimate directives of the Party leadership, these elements have heightened their activities by holding meetings in some Local Government Areas (LGAs) within the State, purporting same to be meeting of the APC.
“Consequently, we have decided that this is time to take concrete and decisive steps to preserve and protect the integrity of the Party; we cannot allow the reckless antics of shameless and selfish individuals to dictate the fortunes of our Party. We have a duty to instil party discipline within our ranks in Edo State and we shall do that.”