By GWG Staff
The Adams Oshiomhole allied faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State has dismissed claims of an automatic ticket being offered to Governor Godwin Obaseki as part of a peace pact with the national chairman.
Rebuffing claims by the immediate past national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun that Oshiomhole was rigging the process against Governor Obaseki, the faction in a statement enjoined Odigie-Oyegun to uphold his place of honour by not interfering with the forthcoming primaries.
The statement issued by the factional secretary of the party, Chris Azebamwan read thus:
“The leadership of APC is determined to conduct credible primaries. In addition, one would have expected Chief Odigie-Oyegun to name or identify those he claims are contriving a crisis in Edo State.
“The more worrisome part of Pa Odigie-Oyegun’s outburst is his claim that as part of the reconciliation process, an automatic ticket was promised to Godwin Obaseki.
“To the best of my knowledge, Chief Odigie-Oyegun was not at the meeting where reconciliation was discussed. He is no longer a principal officer of the APC, and is in no position therefore, to lay claims to the inner workings of the Party.
“One wonders why the National Reconciliation Committee headed by Chief Bisi Akande would have needed to be set up, if positions had been taken on crucial issues like the ticket for Edo State governorship elections.
“We operate a democratic dispensation and Pa Odigie-Oyegun should allow the process throw up the best man for the job instead of attempting to throw a spanner in the works by promoting his personal opinions and the desperate ambitions of Godwin Obaseki as decisions or resolutions of our party leadership.
“He is an elder statesman and should not allow himself to be dragged into the fray. That would be a tragic fall from the high pedestal to which we are accustomed to place him.”