Count us out of plot to unseat Oshiomhole — Edo APC – Punch …

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Alexander Okere, Benin

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has told members of the party, who lost the party’s primaries, to count it out of the alleged plan to remove the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

It also said that the purported move to oust Oshiomhole was a ‘symptom of unhappiness by aggrieved party members and a threat that has a limited capacity.’

The chairmen of the APC in the 36 states were reportedly said to be working with some high-ranking leaders of the party to call for a National Executive Committee meeting to unseat the national chairman.

But the Edo State Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, while reacting to the alleged plot in a telephone chat with The PUNCH on Sunday, said, “We are not involved in any manner.”

Ojezua explained that the former Edo State Governor already had the backing of the chapter chairmen in the South-South and South-East, who passed a vote of confidence in him (Oshiomhole).

“So, nobody can be talking about removing him (Oshiomhole),” he added.

Ojezua also stated that with the strength of the APC in the country, a high level of desperation by the aspirants to get the party’s ticket did not come as a surprise.

The state chairman said, “So, the level of discontentment is also higher when you do not get it. Naturally, people will be unhappy and so, what you have seen is the symptom of that unhappiness.

“But the capacity to carry out any threat is limited because you will find out that we are said to have a problem in about four states. We have 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“So, four states, as against 37 (chapters) shows 90 per cent success. So, the national chairman deserves some credit there.”

When asked whether the state chapter was satisfied with Oshiomhole’s performance as chairman,” Ojezua said, “I have never thought that the national chairman was perfect. But I have always believed that he had the courage to do this job.

“I am convinced that he still has the courage. Perhaps, there are a few things he could have done differently.

“But it does not remove from the fact that we just have to keep moving. We cannot be deterred by the shortcomings that we have experienced in trying to do the right thing.”

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