By Anthonia Duru
There seems to be no end to the crisis in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as, a faction of the party the Heartbeat of the Nation has opened a parallel state secretariat in Benin City.
The faction is said to be loyalists of the embattled National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
However, loyalists of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, have deplored the action, saying it is unconstitutional.
The opening of the factional secretariat on Wednesday, according to sources, was to ensure that Obaseki, who is seeking reelection ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial poll, does not enjoy undue advantage over other aspirants, such as Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Dr. Pius Odubu, Chris Ogienmwonyi, Maj.-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd.) and Saturday Uwalekhue.
The acting Chairman of the Oshiomhole faction of Edo APC, Col. David Imuse (rtd.), insisted that he remained in charge of the party’s affairs in the state, as Anselm Ojezua, the APC chairman, loyal to Obaseki, has been legitimately removed.
Spokesman of the faction, Chris Azebanmwan, declared that Imuse remained the acting chairman of Edo APC, a position he claimed empowered him to attend the last National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party in Abuja as chairman of EdoState APC.
Nevertheless, Ojezua, however, maintained that he remained the legally-recognised Edo APC chairman and operating with members of his executive from the “authentic” secretariat.
Pastor Joseph Osagiede, spokesman of the faction loyal to Obaseki, said, “I am not aware of any other state secretariat. That is not allowed by law. Our party does not allow for two secretariats. So, what they might have done is illegal and unconstitutional.”