The Edo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC was on Sunday furious following what it claimed as the choice of a ‘PDP’ man into the committee to supervise the party’s registration exercise in Niger State.
Senator Domingo Obende according to a petition fired to the national secretariat of the party ceased being a the member of the party after he was suspended by his ward in Edo North for anti-party activities.
Senator Obende was a supporter of Governor Godwin Obaseki during the internal crisis that enveloped the party prior to the governorship primaries.
The petition by the state caretaker chairman, Col. David Muse (Rtd.) alleged that the money shared by the PDP ahead of the governorship election was shared from Obende’s residence.
The senator, however, immediately debunked the claim saying that while he supported Obaseki while he was in APC but that he refused to join him in the PDP.
Disowning the choice of a ‘PDP’ man in the person of Obende on Sunday, the state chairman said:
“We are not aware that Obende’s suspension has been lifted, and that is obviously because he refused to purge himself of his gross involvement in anti-party activities especially his continuous encouragement of factionalisation of the APC in ward 2 of Akoko Local Government Area of Edo State.
“Rather, Senator Obende got all his supporters in his Akoko-Edo LGA to decamp to PDP in 2020. Even the money for the governorship election brought by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the election in his local government area was disbursed in his residence at Igarra.
“The fact is Obende has since ceased to be a member of APC. Most of our party leaders and faithful in Edo State are threatening to jeopardize the forthcoming registration exercise and exit the party en mass if disloyalty is now the hallmark of recognition in the APC,” he said.
Debunking the claims, Senator Obende said:
“In November 2020, I was the one that paid one year rent for the APC Secretariat in Akoko-Edo, my local government.
“First and foremost, nobody saw me in any meeting or rally organised by the PDP. The keys to my house in Igarra are with me and whenever I go home I enter my house. I didn’t see anybody come to share money in my house,” he said as he countered that picking him was making the choice of a PDP man into an APC committee.
“I supported Godwin Obaseki till the end in the APC but we parted ways when he defected to the PDP. So, I remain a member of my party, the APC.”
According to him the national leadership took cognizance of him when he was appointed a member of the APC National Committee for the Ondo State Election.