Alexander Okere, Benin
The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has removed its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Godwin Erhahon, after more than three months under suspension.
It was learnt that Erhahon’s removal followed a vote of no confidence passed on him by the executive committee of the party’s chapter.
The committee subsequently appointed another APC leader from Orhiomwon Local Government Area, Mr. Chris Azebamwen, as his replacement.
Erhahon had been suspended for allegedly making statements that embarrassed the party.
But in his reaction on Friday, he described the development as an indication that the merger between the APC and the defunct Congress for Progressive Change had been “wiped out”.
Erhahon said, “I thank God that was how it ended. All my entitlements in the party have been withheld since July last year. This month (August) made it the 14th month; the three-month suspension was supposed to end in March but it was extended till Thursday. So, it did not come to me as a surprise.”
He, however, absolved the immediate past governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, of being behind his removal.
“I used to think that the immediate past governor was behind it. But I have seen (that) he had no hand in it. He is against it and he is still against it. The implication is that the merger between the CPC and the APC in the state has been completely wiped out,” Erhahon said.
According to a statement signed by the state’s secretary of the party, Mr. Lawrence Okah, the “party also upheld the reversal of the suspension orders earlier placed on some party members in Uhumnwonde Local Government Area, following the intervention of the party caucus.”
The statement read in part, “Consequent upon the mediation of the disciplinary committee of the party, the suspension orders on some party leaders in Esan North-East, Esan South-East and Esan Central, were reversed after apologies were tendered by the erring leaders, who have now resolved to work together with other stakeholders of the party.”
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