The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has accused his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, of undermining Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Odigie-Oyegun and Oshiomhole are both former governors in the state.
Odigie-Oyegun said the national chairman was guilty of anti-party activities by working against the interest of the governor ahead of the governorship election holding next year.
Odigie-Oyegun spoke while reacting to the decision of the APC National Working Committee on the crisis rocking Edo State House of Assembly.
In Edo State House of Assembly, nine of the 24 lawmakers were inaugurated on Wednesday and afterwards elected principal officers.
The APC had in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, condemed the action, saying it was “illegal.”
But Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Political Affairs, Chief Ray Murphy, lamented that Obaseki was receiving the highest distractions from his own political party and not from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He said, “Today, there are all kinds of rancour coming from Edo State. They all boil down to godfatherism.
“Obaseki is the executive governor of Edo state and he should be allowed to exercise the powers vested in him by the law. To what purpose is this idea of the APC chairman putting the state under tension?”
Odigie-Oyegun stressed the need for APC to remain united, adding that the power game was all because of the 2020 governorship election.
“I have not heard that PDP or Edo leaders want to remove Obaseki. What has been trending is how his predecessor who happens to be the party chairman does not want him back in the office,” he added.
But Oshiomhole denied imposing his wish on the people of Edo State or playing the role of a godfather.
Speaking with State House Correspondents in Abuja, he asked for proof of how he constituted himself into a godfather.
He said he stood by the provisions of the constitution on how to properly proclaim a legislature.
Oshiomhole said, “What is the evidence? It is all about accusation. The media have a duty. They have to give you the particulars of that godfatherism. What is the evidence? I am a democrat.”
Speaking on the crisis in the state legislature, he maintained that the solution remained keeping to the provisions of the law.
He added, “You know the law provides for how the House should be proclaimed transparently.
Oshiomhole noted that apart from the proclamation made by the State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, not being publicised, the inauguration was done at an odd hour.