December 19, 2019

Obaseki, Shaibu reject Senate President-led APC reconciliation committee

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

By Ozioruva Aliu – Benin City

The governor of Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu has rejected the Senate President Ahmed Lawan led reconciliation committee set up by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconcile warring factions of the party in some states of the federation including Edo state.

But on Thursday, the  Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM), a support group for the re-election of the governor and his Deputy rejected the composition of the committee.

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In a statement, Convener of the group, Hon. Damian Lawani, protested the constitution of the committee, noting that some of those selected as members are interested parties in some of the crisis flashpoints, which calls to question their neutrality in carrying out their assignment.

He said “We categorically reject the National Reconciliation Committee constituted by the APC NWC because we have seen the duplicity in the act.

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase are members of the newly announced committee and their inclusion is not only pregnant with meaning but also symptomatic of the intent of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to continue the lingering fight against his political enemies.

“Comrade Oshiomhole, Nigerians will recall, enlisted the services of Senator Lawan and Hon. Wase to carry out his plan of taking over the powers of the Edo State House of Assembly until they were stopped in their tracks by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

The National Assembly was thereby restrained from continuing in their perfidious ambition, which was to muscle Governor Godwin Obaseki. The court thwarted this move and now Comrade Oshiomhole wants to make a mockery of the law by using the National Reconciliation Committee to actuate his plans through the backdoor.”

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The group said that the actions of NWC on the matter, “goes to show that the National Chairman is still out to hound his political enemies by conscripting his allies to head the committee.

We are not convinced that the committee will be fair to all parties in the matter, especially as it relates to Edo State, which we know is the main target of the National Chairman. This is because we suspect that the committee would be presented with a script they would come and act out on the Edo crisis.”

“To that extent, we wholesomely reject the committee and request that a committee that will do justice to the matter without prejudice be constituted,” the group said.