A clandestine plot to impeach Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State, his deputy, Pius Odubu and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Uyi Igbe, has reportedly thrown the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into confusion.
The impeachment plot, spear-headed by four APC lawmakers, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is purportedly being bankrolled by an Abuja-based politician from the state.
According to LEADERSHIP reports, the lawmakers, who are expected to execute the plot, might have been paid N30million each with additional offer of N20million later.
One of the defected lawmakers, Hon Friday Ogierakhi, when contacted on the development, however, denied the allegation, saying they were never induced by anybody to dump the APC for PDP, stressing that the move was based on principle.
“We have heard the allegation; it is not true; it is a sign of a drowning party”, he said.
It was learnt that the plot was hatched with the aim of giving the PDP an easy ride to victory in the state House of Assembly and National Assembly elections come 2015.
Furthermore, if the plot to impeach the trio succeeds, one of the lawmakers, who recently defected to PDP, is expected to be elevated from Speakership position to governor.
In a swift reaction yesterday to the plot, the majority leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr Philip Shaibu, stated, “We are aware of their plots but they will fail. My joy is that we have lawmakers here who believe strongly in the developmental strides of the Comrade Governor, so they can never be part of such plot to impeach the governor.
“We are very much aware of all the moves they are making to destabilise the state, to ensure that the Comrade Governor does not continue his developmental efforts but they are wasting their time”, he added.