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Defection: How N10 billion Empowerment Fund Caused Party Members to Dump APC in Edo

Sources in the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC have disclosed that the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole is currently unhappy with the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.

NAIJAROKO gathered that Oshiomhole’s failure to meet with the aggrieved members of the party in Edo state last week was the chief cause of multiple defections that rocked the party last Thursday.

According to the source, the meeting was to set a new future for APC in the state because “everybody is angry. Most people had remained in the party because of Oshiomhole.”

According to party insiders, Obaseki had failed to fulfill his campaign promise to the APC youths two years after the governorship election in the state.

It was learnt that Obaseki promised to empower the APC youths who worked to ensure he won the Edo state gubernatorial election two years ago.

“Obaseki failed to empower the APC youths and Kwakwansiyya members as promised, few days before the election in Edo,” the source disclosed.

According to the source, N10 billion was supposed to be used to empower the APC youths after winning the election.

“Oshiomhole wanted to ensure that the youths were empowered as promised but Obaseki being a stubborn man refused to work with the youths and members of Kwakwansiyya.

“We don’t know Obaseki in this Benin. If not for Mr. Osamede Adun and Oshiomhole, who is Obaseki.

“Oshimole was willing to do everything possible to ensure the youths and the Kwakwansiyya members were empowered but it seemed Obaseki was working against the party to destroy it in Edo state.

“Who is Obaseki”, he asked.

“Oshiomhole we know but Obaseki we don’t know and for that reason we will ensure that his failure to release the N10 billion empowerment fund to the youths and failure to work with the Kwakwansiyya members will cost him his re-election in Edo state.

“Let me hint you, if things continue like this, over 300,000 members of the APC will decamp before the end of next week. It will be the biggest defection ever witnessed in Nigeria, mark my words.

Responding to this and other allegations, Governor Godwin Obaseki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said, “The focus of Governor Obaseki is governance and getting the dividends of democracy to the ordinary Edo people.

“While he holds every member of the political party in high esteem, his first loyalty is to the Edo masses.

“They are the ones whose mandate he carries and they always come first.”

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