- Oshiomhole loses grip on Edo APC Structure, Gets Desperate says Obaseki group
- ….. goes after two of Obaseki’s Special Advisers, forty eight others
The crisis rocking the All progressives Congress, APC in Edo is taking another dimension on Sunday as governor Obaseki special adviser on Security, Andy Momodu was arrested by security operatives from Abuja.
Faced with imminent defeat in the ensuing self-provoked war with the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his godfather, the immediate past Governor of the State and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, seems to have descended into crisis mode with actions that can only be described as desperate.
The Governor Obaseki group has claimed that APC chairman, Oshiomhole has mobilised to use the security apparatus available to him at the Federal level to harass Governor Obaseki’s aides in Edo State.
Newsflash247 gathered that Sunday night, Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Security, Andy Momodu, was arrested by security agents from Abuja.
Newsflash247 gathered that the attempts to whisk Mr Momodu to Abuja proved abortive upon the intervention of Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu.
Information gathered reveals that the officers have a list of 50 persons loyal to Governor Obaseki penciled down for arrest, including Special Adviser on Political Matters, Edo South, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha; Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie; Kelly Okungbowa; Albert Obazee, Andy Momodu among others.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that the former Chief Press Secretary to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, John Maiyaki has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the lingering crisis within the party in Edo state asking him to intervene and address the issues before it is too late.
In a letter to the President, Maiyaki said the President must fulfill his promise to address the issues in Edo state when the new cabinet is reconstituted, pointing out that party members in the state were getting more agitated over the delay in resolving the crisis.
Maiyaki said “I write to refresh your memory, of the total breakdown of law and order in Edo state caused by the illegal and impermissible inauguration of the state House of Assembly under the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“It can be recalled that pertinent to the dictates of the Nigerian Constitution/which states that, a sitting Governor shall upon the successful election of the state legislators, issue a letter of proclamation that will openly, in all fairness and transparency, invite the new lawmakers for the official swearing-in and ushering-in to state duties and functions.
“But contrary to conventional practice, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo States, perhaps motivated by other ambitions, undercut this popular and legal practice, and through shoddy means invited and compelled a number of the new lawmakers who were by a far degree, a minority representation of the people elected by Edo electorates, and coercively swore them in at the ungodly and nocturnal hours of 9pm to 12 midnight on 17th June 2019.
“This negative development has since given rise to fierce contentions in Edo State as the marginalized lawmakers express their pains and disappointment at the devious exhibition of the governor. The consequent rancor came to epic decibel as the constituencies whose legislators were undermined reiterated their disaffection with the unfortunate turn of events.
“Putting these activities in proper perspective, one finds the action of Governor Godwin Obaseki as unequivocally wrong, unwarranted and blatantly defiling the sanctity of the legislative arm of the state government.
“Worse, the directions given by the Federal Legislative Chambers, both from the Senate and House of
Representatives, that the governor rescinds the process and issues a new letter of proclamation, hence, calling the legislators into service in the legal and upright way, has been flouted by the governor. In an ostentatious display of rebellion, Godwin Obaseki had gone ahead to obtain an injunction from a certain High Court in Port Harcourt, claiming to have his criminal inauguration validated.
“My letter intends to remind you of your promise to look critically into the matter and arrest the situation when a new cabinet is formed and the Minister of Justice assumes office. I hope that your concerted actions help to contain the fracas that the imbroglio has set off.
“The worst implication of Governor Obaseki’s errant action is that, if not checked, it will establish a precedence in the political history of Nigeria, and therefore create an official background for a future assault on the democracy we have strived to build for two decades now.
“I remain hopeful while I anticipate your actions in response to this letter and towards the prevention of the death of our Nigerian democracy.”