By Emmanuel Aziken
The Edo State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has identified eight issues at the heart of the crisis between Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki.
Addressing newsmen in Benin City on Monday, chairman of the state chapter of the Christian body, Bishop (Dr) Oyonnude Kure said the group has been intervening in the crisis between the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the governor since October.
Among the issues he said were responsible for the crisis were the opening of the Central Hospital, constitution of dissolved boards and parastatals politics of exclusion, award of contracts to “foreigners”, the inauguration of the state house of assembly, severance allowance.
He said “CAN pleads with both parties to embrace what unites us as a state and not what divides us. As both of them are Christians who share one faith, one baptism, one Lord, one hope of our calling, and both are members of the same political family; they should endeavour to make for peace in Edo state. It is therefore important that they sheath their swords.
“As trust and confidence are the binding forces for progress, we, therefore, appeal to them to restore the trust and confidence that once existed between them, in order to achieve the desired progress in the state.
“We urge His Excellency not to relent in his effort towards the good governance of the state and pursue the issue of inclusion by resolving the issue with aggrieved party members within the ambit of the rule of law so as to join forces together to ensure continuity in the art of governance of the state.”