BENIN – Comrade Godwin Erhahon, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State while responding to the reconciliation move by Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, said nothing has changed.
Erhahon said the visit by the governor to the country home of the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday at Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, has neither ridiculed nor devalued loyalists of the party.
Erhahon stated that the acrimony created by the “nocturnal inauguration of the State House of Assembly on June 17, 2019 by nine members” out of 24 APC members-elect who were present at the plenary, was yet to abate due to arrogance on the part of a highly placed politician in the state.
The former state chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and former Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, stated this during an interactive session with journalists Thursday in Benin City.
“I do not think that their reconciliation got something to do with their supporters. I am not even sure that their supporters were against Obaseki.
“But, I do not think that the reconciliation explains the issues concerning the state House of Assembly because of the controversy surrounding the nocturnal inauguration of the House of Assembly.
“It is not a matter between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, but the rule of law… Nobody ever wished that they quarrel because we were not privy to how they became friends before their relationship became strained so to speak,” he said.
He described the practice of “political exclusivity” and arrogance which undermine fair play in a democratic government by some unprogressive elements in the party as obstacles towards the attainment of lasting peace.
“This politics of exclusivity has caused a lot of contention and controversies in Nigerian politics. This should be a thing of the past.
“It is possible for APC to unite. If in 2008 Oshiomhole as a governor who was returned elected on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) by the court was able to lobby, convince and persuade Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the state House of Assembly including the Speaker of the 7th Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye, to his side, why should there be rancour now that we have 24 APC members in all the 24 positions? It shows something is wrong somewhere,” he said.
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