By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—CRISIS is brewing in Edo State All Progressives Congress, APC, following the suspension of the state Vice Chairman and Senatorial Leader in Edo South, Mr. Gentleman Amego, over alleged anti-party activities.
In a statement by Pa Ogbomo, Henry Okhuarobo, Henry Idahagbon, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, Chief Benson Osifo, among others leaders, the party said its decision was reached at a meeting held Tuesday in Benin.
But reacting, Amegor described the purported suspension as nullity, saying that all the allegations against him were “baseless and without foundation. Those who signed the statement are mainly decampees from another party who enjoy crisis situations.”
The party leaders alleged that Amegor failed woefully in organising the affairs of the party in Edo State, which according to them, led to the party’s failure to win majority of the National Assembly seats in the last election.
The leaders, meanwhile, have set up a five-man disciplinary committee chaired by Rev. Michael Egharevba, to investigate the allegations. Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe, will serve as Secretary.
Meanwhile the state party leadership, through the Publicity Secretary, Godwin Erhahon and a member of the House of Representatives, Philip Shuaibu, insisted that Amegor remains the state Vice Chairman of the party, saying that those who signed the suspension letter were not executive members of the party.
According to Erhahon, who denied the insinuation that the state governor was behind the suspension, “Amergor remains our Vice Chairman. I am one of the foremost leaders in Edo South, therefore, all those who signed the documents cannot claim to be higher leaders of the party from Edo South. I see those who signed that statement as swindlers who want to take advantage of the crisis. I want all the aspirants to think of peace after the primaries and we must avoid all antagonism after the primaries.”
“I also want to debunk the insinuation that the governor is behind his suspension. He is a peaceful person, those who did what they did acted on their own, they don’t have the backing of the state leadership of the party and the governor.”