A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, General Charles Airhavbere has disclosed that a faction of the APC is at loggerheads with Governor Godwin Obaseki because he has “refused to listen to the voice of reason.’’
Airhavbere told journalists in Benin that Obaseki lacks interpersonal skills needed to make the difference in the exalted office even as he alleged that the governor had resorted to the use of raw power in dealing with his political associates, a development which he said had alienated many APC stalwarts in the state.
Edo State is billed for governorship polls in August, 2020 in a high-stake election expected to be characterized by back-stabbing, violence and betrayal.
Airhavbere, who contested for the plum job with Obaseki in 2016, said the APC would never know peace in Edo with the way the governor is relating with other members of the party.
He said contrary to what Obaseki wants people to believe, agitations are not because of “stomach infrastructure’’ or a quest for the resources of the state by party members.
“It was never about godfather and god-son struggling for the control of government or resources of the state. It is all about ensuring governance with human face and our resolve is to check the destructive approach to governance in Edo State and put our party on the path of moral rectitude, transparency and inclusion.
“The struggle is all about a governor who lacks interpersonal relationship skills; who is vindictive and repelled by the presence of his party members and without provocation, resorts to anger and pugnacious display of raw power,” he said.
Airhavbere said Obaseki has failed to fulfill his electoral promises and had refused to embrace dialogue, consultation, negotiation and compromise.
The party chief said it was because of these issues that `authentic’ members of the party came together on November 13 to abolish the Edo Peoples Movement and suspend the governor, his deputy, Philip Shaibu and Secretary to the State Government, Mr Osarodion Ogie.
He said the suspension was also to send a signal to Obaseki that it is not going to be business as usual in the countdown to the elections.
Airhavbere noted that APC members remain loyal to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, assuring that everything would be done to protect the party from people bent on destroying it.
But reacting to the latest developments in the APC, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Paul Ohonbamu said the intra-party crisis is a battle for dominance and liberation between the national chairman and the governor.