(By Silas Ofori)-As claims and counter claims of impeachment of the speaker, and deputy speaker of Edo State House of Assembly take over the air space, and the police blocking all entrances to the Assembly on Thursday, concerned citizens of Edo State have raised alarm that the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, are out to set the state on fire.
Channelstv reports that the candidate of the Labour Party in the September 19, 2020, gubernatorial election in Edo State, Dr. Isaiah Osifo, has pleaded on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, to order, and also stop the leadership of the party from plunging Edo state into anarchy.
Addressing a press conference in Benin City, Osifo counseled Oshiomhole and his party to approach the judiciary for a peaceful resolution if they have a case with the Assembly, especially as this time that the fight for supremacy between Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki, for the soul of Edo state , is assuming a frightening dimension.
Osifo said: “We have come together and united as major stakeholders in the Edo State political system to call on President Buhari and all lovers of peace and democracy in Nigeria to admonish and stop the ambition of APC leadership from plunging Edo State into political violence.
“The crisis in Edo State is not a case of two political parties fighting; it is a sad situation of the inordinate desire of the former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole to forcefully convert Edo State into his personal property.
“The people of Edo State are all aware of the internal crisis in the Edo State chapter of APC and we know that the APC internal crisis has its root with the refusal of Oshiomhole to accept the fact that no state in Nigeria can have two sitting governors.
“We are aware that some of the issues that are associated with the dispute in the Edo State House of Assembly have been adjudicated by the judicial arm of government and some are pending for judgment. In a democracy, disputes in the political system or between persons are resolved by the Judiciary.
“We jointly condemn any act that will lead Edo State into violence. Oshiomhole should note that the governorship contest is between him and all the people of Edo State, and all the political parties that are interested in a peaceful, free and fair election,” he added.