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Thugs Attack APC Defection Venue In Edo



The  crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) continued yesterday as the platform built for speakers and two vehicles in the venue were destroyed and burnt overnight by unknown persons.

But addressing a mammoth crowd yesterday at Iyekhe, off Poly Road in Auchi, Etsako West local government area, the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the APC is a party of peace and would continue to preach same even as he assured that the party would win the governorhip election in the state.

The rally was to receive over 30,000 members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by a two-time member of the House of Representatives and the Edo North Senatorial candidate of the PDP in the last general elections, Hon. Abubakar Momoh.

Top politicians across the state were at the rally including the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Peter Akpatason; former Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Pally Iriase; Hon. Julius Ihonvbere and  former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdul Oroh.

Others included former Deputy Governors Dr. Pius Odubu and Hon Lucky Imasuen, Major General Chris Ogienmwonyi, Major General Charles

Airhiavbere (rtd), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba; Edo North Leader of APC, Prince Malik Afegbua, Henry Idahagbon, state House of Assembly members-elect, former members of the House of Assembly led by former Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea and several other party leaders and faithful.

Oshiomhole said the party must be integrated from the unit to the

highest level “so that as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC will be a different party. When I was told that they burnt this place last night, I said they must be prepared to put more fire in other places because they can’t stop us.

“But don’t allow anybody push you to any length that provokes you to fight. Those who think they have power to fight should channel such energy against the opposition parties. What is happening here should reinforce our conference in God, when God decrees peace, nothing can stop it.

“I don’t want to be a National Chairman who will campaign across the country and will not be able to win his polling unit because politics is local.

“There are people who think that when they reach a high level, they forget the local. I was governor before now I am no longer governor. I am national chairman today, tomorrow I will no longer be national chairman. Let me tell those people in high places that the only permanent place is the grassroots. Politics is a game of numbers not a game for the powerful because on election day, we all have one vote.

“I want to urge all unit leaders, ward leaders, local government leaders and state leaders to integrate all those who have just joined us.”

On his part, Momoh said he has joined with “over 30,000 people who are here from the six local government areas that make up Edo North. There are so many others who are waiting for our candidate to emerge after the primaries and they will come and join”.

According to Ihonvbere, “I worked as SSG with Oshiomhole for four years, I worked with Governor Godwin Obaseki for two years so I can differentiate between them. Oshiomhole is our leader and we are with him in Abuja and he will continue to succeed.”

Blessing Agbomere and other speakers including Akpatason and Iriase all spoke glowingly of Oshiomhole and pledged to support him as National Chairman of the party.