BENIN CITY – AHEAD the 2020 governorship election in Edo State, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mahmud Mohammed has raised an alarm over alleged plans by the Edo State Government to clamp down on APC members opposed to the second term bid of governor Godwin Obaseki, warning that such undemocratic action will spell doom for the APC in the state.
Mohammed who spoke to journalists in Benin City Monday, insisted that governor Obaseki does not deserve a second term due to his failure to deliver President Muhammadu Buhari in his ward and senatorial district adding that ” if not that the National Chairman of the APC was able to deliver all the Edo North votes to President Buhari, it would have been a disaster for the party in the state”.
“And due to desperation they are planning to attack some APC leaders in the state who are opposed to the governor, but their desperation will be resisted by those who wants the survival of APC in the state” he said.
According to him, “I have read so many articles both on social media and the print obviously emanating from Osadey Avenue, where they tried invain to argue why Obaseki deserved a second term. And unfortunately, they tend to blame other people rather than the Governor over the failure of the party in the National Assembly/Presidential election.
“The truth is that the governor and his cabal from Lagos and Delta State have destroyed the APC in the state. The only people singing his praises are those benefiting from him but wish the party evil in 2020.
“I read where they described the Governor as the most popular politician in Edo state which for me is very laughable. The question is, what made him popular now, is it for not delivering Edo South senate which Patrick Obahiagbon contested under the APC, which also is the senatorial district of the governor?
“Is he popular because he could not deliver President Buhari in his ward, Local Government and senatorial district? Is he popular for marginalizing the entire political class,imprisoned them and empowered only his cronies from Lagos state and Delta state?
“Is he popular for making Edo now the 2nd indebted state in Nigeria even when Oshiomhole told the world that he is an economist?
“These same people due to their discriminatory politics they have introduced in Edo state tagged candidates like Obahiagbon and Agbonayinma “Iyamho candidates” due to their closeness to Oshiomhole. As a result the cable at Osadebey Avenue worked against these candidates to the benefit of the PDP.
“I use this opportunity to urge the state Executive of the APC to set up a committee to try those who were involved in anti party activities during the election and the governor should be invited so we we will know why certain candidates lost in Edo South during the last elections” he stated.