Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed politicians in the state for the rift between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor and National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.

The state chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua, made this known on Saturday in Lagos, South-west Nigeria.

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He noted that certain individuals had hijacked the resources of the state in one way or the other resorted to blackmail and misrepresentation of facts to strain the relationship between the governor and his predecessor.

Ojezua said the challenge before the party in Edo State was beyond the leadership tussle in the state House of Assembly.

He said: “It is just that a third party is trying to create rift between our national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Obaseki.

“But the national chairman of the party has discovered the ulterior motives of the political jobbers going to him in Abuja to spread all sorts of falsehood that the governor had dumped the blueprint drafted to make Edo State attractive for investments in order to rubbish Oshiomhole’s regime; or that the governor is against his people or that the party is bound to lose the next election if the governor is allowed to continue in that direction. Our national chairman now knows better and we are talking; we are back to where we ought to have started.’’

Ojezua said nobody was preventing the remaining 12 members-elect from being inaugurated, assuring the people of the state that “no invasion will take place in the state as Edo is not a colony of the National Assembly but a sovereign part of Nigeria.”