The All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State has alleged serious infighting between Governor Godwin Obaseki and leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. The APC alleged that the war between Obaseki and PDP leaders has led to the collapse of governance in the state.
The APC in a statement lamented that it was particularly grievous that the alleged infighting would be happening at a time that the state is challenged with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued at the weekend, chairman of the caretaker committee of the APC in Edo State, Col. Dave Imuse, rtd. in a statement signed by Victor Ofure Osehobo, the party’s State Assistant Publicity Secretary said:
‘Our party finds it ludicrous that in the face of the deadly second wave of the coronavirus, the PDP and the Governor in Edo are engaged in such a deadly fight,’ Imuse said as he alleged squabble between government and the PDP for positions which he said had crippled the machinery of government.
‘It is five months after the election. There are bitter fighting and hostilities in the Edo State Government apparatus. This is as a result of the confusion that has enveloped the PDP and Governor Obaseki regime over the sharing formula for positions in the administration.
According to the APC, the war between Obaseki and PDP leaders has crippled governance.
‘The vicious war for positions as ‘booty’ of a mandate which is the subject of a petition at the Election tribunal further exposes the PDP and the cabal in the Obaseki regime as power mongers who are only interested in power-grabbing and mortgaging the collective patrimony of Edo.
‘Edo people are watching the PDP tax collectors, as they are locked in this shameless conduct, with its leaders fighting openly and shamelessly over the spoils of office: this is so soon after facilitating the emptying of the state treasury and now are coordinating the Governor’s resolve to dubious loans from every source to sustain their greed, and milk Edo people dry,’ he further alleged.
Asserting that the infighting does not bode well for the state, the APC said:
‘Nevertheless, the APC stands with millions of Edo people in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 and advises all to observe the NCDC regulations for their individual good health and safety.
‘We call on all Edo people to keep Physical distance and wear nose masks whenever they are outside, wash your hands as often as possible with soap and running water, and use hand sanitisers and stay at home if you do not have genuine reasons to go out,’ the Edo APC said.