The Edo State Governor alleged that the former governor of the state and the former governorship aspirant of the party are sponsoring violence within the party because they have lost their political power in the state.
He further stated that the APC chieftains have failed in their quest to seize power from him hence, they resorted to violence.
Obaseki in a statement released through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, noted that he is not responsible for the violence within the Edo State chapter of the party.
He noted that the state has experienced peace until the emergence of the Edo People Movement, which is supported by Oshiomhole.
The statement reads: “We are quite flustered that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has not been able to rein in his people in the face of the reconstitution of All Progressives Congress, APC, National Reconciliation Committee, tasked to restore lasting peace in the party both in the state and across the country.”
“We are committed to peace and would do right by the people of Edo State by continually supporting all credible means to arrive at lasting peace in the state.”
“It is rather curious that with Ize-Iyamu coming back into the political space in the last three months, extreme political violence has resurfaced with bombs going off in parts of the state and gunmen attacking politically-exposed persons.”
“We have stated before that EPM, under the sponsorship of Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu and others, having lost out of the political power play in the state and failed repeatedly in their inordinate quest to seize power from Governor Godwin Obaseki through undemocratic means, have now resorted to violence to create a sense of a breakdown of law and order with the intent of forcing the declaration of a state of emergency in the state.”