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Tension In Edo APC As Lawmaker Raises The Alarm Over Threat To Life



The  crisis rocking the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead the 2020 governorship election heightened yesterday, after the lawmaker representing Oredo West constituency, Mr Chris Okaeben raised an alarm over alleged threat to his life.

According to him, “the threats are coming after the governor in a recent meeting with some selected Oredo APC leaders informed them that he will deal with me, that if I don’t take time he will ensure I was not inaugurated during the swearing in of the incoming lawmakers. As you know I am one of the returning lawmakers in the House. Since this threat, I have been receiving strange calls which have made me so uncomfortable. So I am appealing to the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to protect me and my family”.

The alarm is coming 24 hours after it was alleged that governor Godwin Obaseki had asked the state Secretary of the APC, Lawrence Okah to resign his position or be removed. It was said that Okah who confirmed the development to other APC leaders and journalists, declared he will not resign since he was elected by the party members.

However, Okaeben who spoke to journalists in Benin City yesterday, narrated that “I have not done anything to the governor, my problem is that why is it that members of my constituency, mainly women are languishing in Oko prison just being arrested for trading on the walk ways by the state government. Some of these women have given birth in the prison.

“I also complained that why is the central hospital still under lock and key after the former governor, Adams Oshiomhole built and equipped the hospital for the usage of Edo people. Besides, governor Obaseki was chairman of the state Government Economic Team when Oshiomhole was governor so why is he setting up kangaroo Committee in the state House of Assembly to rubbish the name of Oshiomhole.

“The hospital is fully equipped and he has refused to open it for Edo people to use and I feel we deserve to ask questions because it was done with Edo people’s tax payers money. I have kicked against his anti-people’s policies which was what affected us during the presidential election. Come to think of it, Obaseki, Philip Shaibu and Osarodion Ogie were all products of Oshiomhole, including my humble self. So I asked them why will they be on the saddle and destroy Oshiomhole’s legacies.

“I will not allow the governor to destroy the legacies of our collective struggle under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhiole as governor. Even when he was not the most intelligent person in Edo state he was made chairman of the Economic Team. All of us have all ridden on the back of Oshiomhole to rise to where we are today. So for anybody to be cooking up evil against a man that labored and made APC stand firm in Edo State out of the six South South states, it is a crime against God and man and we will not allow them.

“Because of my humble background, I was thought by my parents never to try to destroy any one for any economic gain or success because he who destroys in order to succeed must surely have destruction awaiting him or her at the peak of his or her success” the lawmaker declared.



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