ByÂ Emmanuel Aziken
Abujaâ€”Erstwhile Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial aspirant in Edo State, Mr. Kenneth Imansuangbon, has threatened to institute a legal action to sack Governor Adams Oshiomhole from office on the basis of his alleged irregular adoption as the AC candidate in the 2007 Edo State gubernatorial elections.
Imansuagbon who rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement flaying recent allegations of undemocratic tendencies against the PDP and its leader, Chief Tony Anenih, made by Governor Oshiomhole, said that Oshiomhole was rather a major beneficiary of undemocratic imposition of candidates.
Oshiomohole had, at an AC rally at the weekend, accused the PDP of lack of internal democracy and imposition of candidates.
Imansuagbon, who sought in vain for the AC gubernatorial ticket in the 2007 elections, chided the governor not to be more catholic than the pope as he insisted that Oshiomhole benefited from a flawed gubernatorial primary.
According to him, the party rule forbidding gubernatorial aspirants to be at least six months old in the AC was lifted for Oshiomhole who, he said joined the party two weeks to Edo gubernatorial primary.
Imansuangbon said that the â€œmanipulated governorship primary that threw up Oshiomhole as the AC candidate in 2007 at my expense, was orchestrated by a leader of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi and some other leaders.
â€œOshiomhole joined the AC two weeks to the primary after he discovered that the Labour Party where he initially pitched his tent could not fly in Edo State.Â Some elements in the party, acting in concert with him, predetermined his endorsement as AC candidate without allowing us to go through the rigours of primary.
â€œThis was after I had funded the AC, campaigned in all the nooks and crannies of the state and effectively put the party in the consciousness of the people of Edo State who were at that point in time yearning for a positive change in the administration of the state.
â€œAt the venue of the primary, Ikimi led the vanguard of the pressure on me to step down for Oshiomhole.Â There was no primary and yet Oshiomhole emerged as AC candidate.Â Was that democracy?
â€œThis was why I shuddered at the weekend when Oshiomhole, taking advantage of the television live coverage of his hurriedly coupled AC rally to serve as a counterpoise to PDPâ€™s Unification Rally in Benin penultimate Saturday, accused my party of imposition of candidates. The joke really is on him and his party.â€
Warning that he could be forced to take Oshiomhole to court if he did not stop his attacks against the PDP, Imansuagbon said:
â€œIf he fails to desist from the ignoble act, I will be forced to drag him to court to challenge the validity of his membership of the AC by December 12, 2006.â€
â€œThe party constitution states that for anyone to be a candidate on the partyâ€™s platform, he must have joined the party at least six months before the election.Â But it is on record that he joined the party two weeks to the primary,â€ he said.