The Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over his role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
A statement signed by the Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua and Assistant State Secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony said the decision followed the vote of no confidence passed on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the Chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Edo State.
The statements read “Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state.” They said the decision was necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State, where the party was unable to field any candidate in elections.
“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”
In another development a former Governorship candidate, of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has been expelled by the party.
The party through the states Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, in a statement said their decision was informed by Ize-Iyamu’s silence on issues questioning the integrity of the party.
He said the party had asked Ize-Iyamu on many occasions to confirm or refute his rumored defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but he remained silent on the issues.
The statement reads: “In the last few days, the Edo PDP has been inundated with calls and inquiries regarding the stories trending both in print and social media as it concerns one of our leaders, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. “The party leadership has patiently waited to hear or read his reaction to confirm or deny the stories, but to no avail “We boast of being a party of men and women of integrity and high moral standing. It is a brand we have earned and wish to maintain. “As a result of the “uneasy quiet” from our dear pastor and the impression our silence will send to our teeming supporters and followers, Edo PDP is left with no option but to announce the EXCLUSION of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from all PDP related activities with immediate effect, until he Acknowledges, Accepts and Addresses the issue of his decamping to APC. “This decision has been taken without prejudice!”
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is yet to react to the allegation leveled against him.