By Gabriel Enogholase
EDO state Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has said that it has withdrawn its support for the party’s Governorship Candidate, Osaro Onaiwu, over alleged anti-party activities.
In a statement by the State APGA Chairman, Godfrey Ehizokhale Ehimhen and State secretary, Aifuobhokhan Emmanuel, the party said it has been watching all the actions, inactions, commissions and omissions of the candidate, which it said amount to anti-party activities.
They said that since Osaro Onaiwu resigned as the director- general of the Peoples Democratic Party Governor’s Forum and embraced APGA, the members cannot confidently say that they are impressed with his actions.
“We the Stakeholders of APGA in Edo State after a brain storming session, assessment and re-assessment of your activities in a meeting held at the instance of the State Chairman and the Exco, have unanimously resolved to withdraw our support for your aspiration and channel our energy and time towards other political ventures.”
Reacting, Osaro Onaiwu described the statement signed by the former state party chairman and the party’s former publicity secretary in which they said he was no longer the party’s candidate as laughable and show of ignorance. He wondered on whose authority they spoke because they have been expelled from the party by the National body of APGA.
APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye, had at the weekend issued a press statement in which he announced the setting up of a 20-man adhoc committee to oversee the affairs of the party in Edo State until after the September 28, 2016 rescheduled election.
The development he stated was sequel to anti-party activities by members of the Exco and therefore urged all supporters of APGA to stay resolute and not be distracted by baseless rumours and gimmicks by some greedy people. Continuing, the Exco members said, “The decision to withdraw their support is principally predicted on five reasons. The reasons are,” slapping of the State Chairman of the party in presence of the LGA Chairmen and Edo South Vice Chairman, also beat up state Chairman of the Party Edo state APGA.