The crisis in the Edo chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) degenerated further on Friday after the Secretary of the state executive, Mr Lawrence Okah was slapped with an indefinite suspension from office.
Okah was the rallying point for supporters of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the party in the state executive of the party and had reportedly rebuffed repeated moves to get him to switch sides in the conflict between Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Incidentally, the governor and Okah are from the same ward.
Okah’s suspension was contained in a letter signed by Mr Anselm Ojezua, the state Chairman of the party and made available to reporters in Benin on Friday.
According to Ojezua, the secretary was suspended, following complaints by members of the party in Oredo Local Government Area where the secretary was a leader.
He also explained that the suspension was not a punitive measure, but purely an administrative one to allow investigation to be carried out into the complaints.
“He was just suspended to allow the committee set up to look at the complaints against him.
“We have not expelled him and the suspension is not punitive. It is just a normal administrative procedure,” he said.
When contacted, Okah confirmed the suspension but said that the state chairman, going by the party’s constitution, had no power to suspend him.
Leaders and members of the APC in Ward 7 Oredo have been locked in fierce supremacy battle over the control of the party structure.