PRESS STATEMENT BY RT. HON. DR. PIUS ODUBU – Today 17th day of March, 2020
COMRADE ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE’S TRIUMPH AT THE COURT OF APPEAL: A VICTORY FOR ALL APC MEMBERS AND DEMOCRACY
Our primary reason for calling this Press conference today is to congratulate our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on the several victories he recorded yesterday. We also congratulate all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the victories.
March 16th, 2020 will indeed linger in our memories as a day of victory for Justice, due process, for light transcending darkness, rule of law, for upholding Constitutionalism and the respect for Party supremacy and internal mechanism of conflict resolution. As we celebrate these victories, it is also a moment of sober reflection for us in Edo State APC as we remember the unwholesome role played by the Governor of Edo Sate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki in the failed attempt to remove our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole his benefactor.
It started with the illegal midnight inauguration of the 17th of June, 2019 where majority of our Honourable Members-Elect were excluded from inauguration and till today they have not been inaugurated. He thereafter proceeded to the harassment and attack of party members who are not disposed to his 2nd term election bid. Even the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was not spared as he has been attacked severally both in Benin City and in his hometown, Iyamho. The height of it was the demolition of the 5 Star hotel belonging to Comrade Tony Kabaka Adun even when the matter was subjudice. We are also not unaware of the clandestine move to revoke the C of O of the Properties belonging to some of our Party Leaders.
It has been one case of evil, witch-hunting and executive rascality to another. To Governor Godwin Obaseki, his second term is not negotiable; it is more important than the lives of People and anyone who dares to stand on his part must be crushed. The Governor who ought to be a political leader that unites all members of APC together became an instrument of division, intimidation, humiliation and political vendetta.
The last straw was his failed attempt to remove the National Chairman of APC. It will be recalled that Governor Godwin Obaseki fought against the appointment of an Edo man as Chairman of the Board of NDDC. He sponsored litigations in Court to claim that it was not the turn of Edo State to produce the Chairmanship of the Board. All these were after our revered Monarch; Oba Ewuare 11 (Ogidigan) had personally thanked Mr. President for appointing two prominent Edo Sons to the Board of NDDC. Obaseki did not stop there, he recently sponsored spurious actions in Court geared towards the removal of our son Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of APC. We thank God, all his attempt ended in futility. To Obaseki, no Edo man qualifies to hold any high position in Nigeria as far as he remains Governor and he is seeking a second term.
Obaseki in his further quest to remove Oshiomhole and replace him with another person from another State, summoned a meeting of some APC members in South-South last week where they issued a communiqué that Oshiomhole should be replaced with the rebellious Victor Giadom from Rivers State. He was ready to mortgage the office of the National Chairman to the Rivers’ State all for his selfish interest.
While will appreciate our party faithful for their steadfastness and resilience in the midst of these injustice, oppression and provocations, we need to assure them that the Egyptians they see today, they shall see them no more from the 12th of November 2020.
We want to also use this opportunity to appreciate President Mohammadu Buhari whose decision as the leader of the party helped to cancel the illegal NEC meeting which would have caused an implosion in the party. We also appreciate our National leader, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Progressive Governors under the platform of the APC, National Assembly leaders and members, NWC members, State Party chairmen and the entire members of our party who stood in defense of our party supremacy and the National Chairman in appreciation of his sacrifices for the party
We want to also use this medium to advice these agents provocateur to immediately retrace their steps and embrace the supremacy of the party. We advise all aggrieved members of our great party to sheath their sword, lay the cards on the table and utilize the internal dispute resolution mechanism as stipulated in our constitution. The onerous task of delivering the Next level dividends of democracy (even in the face of daunting economic challenges, dwindling oil prices, the challenge of insecurity et al)as promised by our party and his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari should be our primary focus. We advise the microscopic few wanting to sacrifice all we have collectively built and achieved as a party on the altar of 2023 unbridled ambition to have a rethink. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s leadership of the party has brought endless gains and possibilities to our great Party and we will continue to give him our undiluted support
Again, we thank you for coming and God bless us all.
Long live The APC!
Long live Edo State
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!