Aggrieved leading members of All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday accused the Edi state governor, Comrad Adams Oshiomhole, of hijacking the party, thereby setting some founding members of the party on edge.
The group in a statement by former Chairman of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Prince Tony Omoaghe, said the hovernor’s brazen determination to factionalise the party in the state has ostracized party faithful who refused to join his faction of the party.
It handed down 7-day ultimatum, following the expiration of the earlier 14-day ultimatum for the governor, to retrace his steps by cancelling the just concluded party registration and the wards and local government congresses in the state as a condition for their continued stay in the party.
According to the statement, “The Governor has blurred the lines between government and party structures by using the machinery and functionaries of government to hijack the party all to serve very selfish and narrow political interests.
“The conduct of registration of party members was a failure. Many prospective members were denied registration as materials were hoarded and many potential party members were turned back for one unfounded reason or the other.
They requested Oshiomhole to relinquish “control and monopoly of the party in order to pave way for an all inclusive political system that respects the sanctity of internal democracy.”
They also asked that an unreserved apology be tendered to former Governor John Odigie Oyegun for the insults melted out to him, stating that the decision to extend the ultimatum was predicated on the need for the Oshiomhole to comply with their demands in order to avoid the political implosion in the party.
The aggrieved party leaders was led by former South South National Vice Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The lawmaker representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Hon. Abubakar Momoh and Alhaji Usman Shagadi, former Deputy Chairman of ACN are also there.
Other APC leaders who were at the meeting were Chief Amos Osunbor, Mr Nosa Adams, Hon Omo Ezomo, Hon Sunny Uyigwe, Hon Patrick Osayimwen and Evelyn Omokhodion.
But in a swift reaction, interim APC publicity Secretary in the State, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, described the ultimatum as laughable.
He said “Ize-Iyamu should always learn to tell the truth at all times as a man of God he professes to be.”