The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC has accused the deputy governor of Edo State of lying about a protest at the national secretariat during the screening of the state’s governorship aspirants on Wednesday.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu while debunking the claim said:
“Our attention has been drawn to a false allegation credited to the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole instigated and sponsored protests against Governor Godwin Obaseki, one of the six aspirants being screened for the Party’s June 22 Edo State Governorship Primaries.
“We would like to state that there was no protest at the APC National Secretariat, muchless a sponsored one as wrongly alleged.
“With several visitors, including journalists covering activities of the Party’s National Secretariat having no knowledge of the so called sponsored protest, we find it strange that the Edo State Deputy Governor has reported a purported protest at the APC National Secretariat when he was in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
“While we are not oblivious of the ongoing political contestations, our politicians should be careful not to overheat the polity with unsubstantiated claims.
“The Party’s leadership has selected an independent, thorough, experienced and diverse team to conduct the ongoing Governorship screening exercise, we call on all stakeholders to give them the needed support and cooperation.”