By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Former leaders of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) in Edo state have petiioned President Muhammadu Buhari, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, alleging plot by some individuals to sideline them from activities of APC.
Before the 2015 general elections, four political parties, namely, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and CPC merged and became APC.
The group who claimed they had long enjoyed from the benevolence of APC, demanded fair representation of CPC legacy in both party structure and government at all levels and charged the national leadership of the APC to recall former state Publicity Secretary of APC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon in Edo state for protesting his unpaid six month owed allowances in 2016.
This disclosure is contained in the petition which was made available to journalists yesterday in Benin City, the state Capital and endorsed by the former Vice Chairman (Edo Central senatorial district), Chief Solomon Enabo (former Secretary), Barrister Innocent Usifoh, the state legal Adviser; Alhaji Aliko Haruna (Ex-officio), representing Arewa and Mr. Daudu Momoh, (the state youth Leader of BuhariYouth Organisation), who were all members of the CPC, now defunct.
The petition, also faulted the comment credited to the state Publicity Secretary of APC, Chris Azebamwan, asserting that “CPC legacy never deserve a space in the party APC” at the time of the Merger was negotiated as an undeserved indictment on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole”.
The group argued that such reckless statement by a the state Publicity Secretary, was unbecoming of of the Spoksman of APC inthe state which the group, alleged had decamped into and out of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) four times since 1999 before returning to APC the second time since 2014.
According to them, the former governor of Edo state who midwife the Merger in the state and magnanimously offered one of the 33 state officers to CPC in a tripartite agreement, contributed largely to overwhelming victory of APC in the 2015 Presidential election.
The petition, further explained that, the hide-and-seek by some strange-birds-fellows in APC bent on discrediting the selfless contributions of the former state chairman of defunct CPC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, predating Presidents Muhammadu Buhari’s 2003 election, was unacceptable.
They stated “the continuos alienation of those of us from CPC legacy in both government, party structure, even in campaign activities, continue to serve as painful and humiliating reminder that that we are unwanted component in Edo APC”, the group said.