APC set to destroy PDP with latest Powerful move

By Post Nigeria May 19, 2016 13:43

APC set to destroy PDP with latest Powerful move

Ahead of the Edo State governorship elections slated for September 10, 2016, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, has disclosed that he is under pressure.

Oyegun made this known on Tuesday, at the heels of the order by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, asking political parties to conduct their primaries between July 2 and July 4.

Strong contenders for the governorship ticket are; Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi, Dr Pius Odubu, Barrister Ken Imasuagbon, Mr Godwin Obaseki, retired General Charles Airhiavhere, Comrade Peter Esele and Don Pedro Obaseki, among others.

Oyegun, while interacting with journalists in Abuja, said he is making efforts to accommodate all stakeholders in the party to ensure that what is done is not misinterpreted from different groups.

He said, “I am under intense pressure. Apart from the national working committee, various stakeholders in the state to do one thing or the other to salvage the situation.

“But doing one thing or the other will almost certainly be interpreted from different groups to mean that I am for A or for B and it is something I had to avoid at all cost because at the end of the day, I am the referee of the match that is going to happen.

“And even if inside me I feel that one team is better than the other, it might not even be shown on my face or from my voice. So I thank you very much for restoring relative peace in the party.

“I want to thank all the stakeholders from the governor down to the least, for the cooperation they gave to your committee. I am pleased at the level of your work. I haven’t read your report yet, but I know that I haven’t gotten one single criticism from one single stakeholder, about the work that this committee did.

“And about the relative level of peace that now envelopes the party in Edo State, the restoration of some degree of civility, the acceptance of the need to work together as a party.” So I congratulate you for people of your caliber, people of your stature, people of your wisdom to pull the kind of result that you pulled at so short a time”.

It would be recalled that in April, the party was embroiled in crisis following alleged reports of disharmony between Governor Adams Oshiomole and his deputy, Dr Pius Odubu, over the choice of the flag bearer for the party.

The crisis was said to have triggered a rowdy session in the Edo House of Assembly, where 16 out of 24 members impeached the Speaker, Mr Victor Edoror.

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In a bid to resolve the crisis ahead of the primaries, Oyegun, on May 9, set up an high-powered Committee, in order to find a lasting solution to the crisis threatening the political fortune of the ruling party.

The Fact-finding/Reconciliation Committee, however, submitted its report on Wednesday, May 18, in Abuja to the party’s national chairman, assuring the party that unity and amity would prevail.

Mr Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who submitted the report said: “In the course of carrying out this assignment, we took briefs from the governor and the deputy governor.

“We had sessions with the Honourable Speaker and Members of the Edo State House of Assembly.

“We discussed with the party’s Exco and the people we can now call the aspiring aspirants, because some will collect their forms and later you will not know whether they are still aspirants.

“Your Excellency, I must put it on record that the great support that we got from all stakeholders in Edo made our job a lot easier.’