The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said the display of power of impunity against governments and governors of states controlled by their members is a clear indication that the federal government on the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan could breed dire consequences.
National chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, stated this in Benin City, the Edo State capital, when he led a high-powered delegation of leaders and members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on a solidarity visit to Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the Government House, over the lingering crisis in the state House of Assembly.
Oyegun noted that, with the unstable political scenarios in Rivers, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kano and now Edo State, it was clear to the opposition party that the forces of the federal government and the PDP were out to destabilize the APC with “a properly mapped out war against the APC and to destabilize” it.
He added: “What is going on and what the party has come to realize is that there is a properly mapped out war against the APC, to destabilize the APC. While you are going through your travails here, we are also trying to contain the fires that have been emitting in Adamawa; we are preparing for the one they are promising in Nasarawa State and so on and so forth and the bombs have started exploding in Kano”.
Oyegun, who was the first executive governor of Edo State, assured Oshiomhole that the party is solidly behind him and the 15 APC lawmakers in the legislative arm of government.
The APC chieftain said they were in the state over the failure of the PDP legislators to obey various court orders and the use of security agencies as against their constitutional roles of protection of life and property but have reduced themselves to a willing tool in the hands of the Presidency.
He made particular reference to what he called the political “travails” being orchestrated against the governors of Rivers, Edo and three others in the northern part of the country controlled by the APC.
“Against all odds you have stood firm and we want to thank you that this is the new spirit of the new APC, for the simple reason that you are not alone in the most current attack and destabilization of APC governments and governors. Before you is, of course, the imitable Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State whose travails are still far from being over, but I am glad and surprised today when he said that he was just from a Security Council meeting”.
Oshiomhole in his remarks, said he would not be distracted by the activities of the PDP lawmakers and the national leadership of the party.
While thanking the party leaders for their sense of commitment and visit to the state, he said by the action of the embattled PDP lawmakers, they were out to procure 13 out of the 24 members in the House to block every executive bill, frustrate the 2015 budget and equally put a stop to the developmental initiatives of government in the state.
“Because the PDP is so frightened by our record of achievements and the fact that every day they lament that my crime is that whereas people knew that this state was grossly mismanaged they were unable to put scale on the level of mismanagement, but each time they see the six-lane roads across Benin; the huge urban renewal programme we sustained, the massive development, health centres, free education up to secondary school level, free bus services for pupils, whether they are private or public schools; people can now imagine how much they have lost in 10 years”.
Oshiomhole vowed that as long as this generation of Edo people is alive, the PDP has no hope in Edo State, stressing that all they are doing is simply designed to destabilize the state.
The governor stated that the PDP legislators were the ones that are in contempt of the courts after they have collected about N75 million to defect from the APC to the PDP and to prosecute their evil plot against the state and the people.
The APC delegation included Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, former governors of Abia and Kwara States, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu and Senator Bukola Saraki respectively, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajamila, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, and APC national publicity secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed.