Oshiomhole/Obaseki’s rift: APC may lose Edo — Tony Momoh

Posted by Temidayo Akinsuyi | 15 October 2019 | 712 times

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•APC leader, Prince Tony Momoh

Prince Tony Momoh, one of the national leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, raised the alarm that the party may lose the state to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Adam’s Oshiomhole is not quickly resolved.

Daily Independent reports Momoh said it would not be in the interest of the party and the state if both men should fight to the last.

Recall that, recently, a meeting convened by governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the leadership of the National Assembly to promote government’s policies that require legislative support was yesterday disrupted in Abuja.

However, The Guardian reported that “the meeting’s atmosphere changed when the lingering feud between Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole was mentioned.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced that the National Assembly had resolved to appeal the judgment of Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, restraining the National Assembly (NASS) from interfering in the affairs of Edo State House of Assembly, stated the report.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho in a ruling had stated that National Assembly could not compel Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue another proclamation within the lifespan of an existing proclamation for the inauguration of Edo House of Assembly.

However, Gbajabiamila said, “While addressing the issue of one party and one government, myself and the Senate President will want to draw our attention to the issue of the crisis in Bauchi and Edo states.

“While we were able to successfully resolve the issue in Bauchi State, which is an opposition state, unfortunately, we are unable to resolve that of Edo State. I think this is what we have to look at and prioritise. We should consider how to constitutionally address the issue.

The source further disclosed that as Gbajabiamila made those comments at the meeting, Obaseki’s countenance changed to that of worry and discomfort.

The meeting immediately went into closed doors and the Senate President Ahmad Lawan spent some time calming frayed nerves, even as a source disclosed that the atmosphere was charged as Obaseki insisted that he could not be cowed by anybody in the discharge of his duties as governor.


Source: News Express

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