Why Obaseki Was Disqualified From June 22 Primaries-EDO APC Factional Chairman

By Abimbola Ogunnaike

The factional Chairman of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Col. David Imuse, has revealed the reasons why Governor Godwin Obaseki was disqualified from contesting the June 22 primaries of the party.

Imuse, speaking to newsmen in Benin City on Wednesday, claimed he had evidence that Obaseki worked against APC, by funding candidates of the opposition in the House of Assembly elections.

According to him, the ease with which Obaseki was welcomed by the opposition, is an appreciation for his alleged investment.

“Obaseki’s sins are legion. He has kept 14 members-elect of the House of Assembly out, he funded the long-drawn-out but aborted attempt to unseat the National Chairman. This drama is still playing out in court as we speak, and was reflected in the Appeal Court ruling that was delivered yesterday,’ Imuse said.

 “He has also sponsored several litigations against the party, its organs and officials. Obaseki did everything within his power to weaken the APC and its structures preparatory to his defection. This was all in a bid to put the APC in a disadvantaged position in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo State. So it is gratifying to have him exit from our ranks,” the factional chairman added.

Speculation was rife that Obaseki will defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he met with two PDP GovernorsNyesom Wike of Rivers state and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state last week.


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