Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has directed his aides not to respond to what he described as “very hostile statements credited to our revered National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”
A statement by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, described the statement credited to Oshiomhole as an onslaught on the governor and government of Edo State.
Ohonbamu said Governor Obaseki instructed no state actor should make any comment whatsoever or join issues on the ensuing hostile comments and discussions.
The statement reads: “Obaseki said he has chosen to pursue the path of peace and reconciliation in dealing with these issues in the interest of the people and our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
However, a group Edo Progressives Movement (EPM), a caucus within Edo APC has picked holes in Obaseki’s instruction.
The group said the directive shows that the administration is empty in terms of tactics.
A statement by the co-convener, Henry Idahagbon, said Obaseki has no defence to what Oshiomhole said ‘because the facts are very clear’.
The statement reads: “It is also deceit on the part of the governor to say he does not want to react because he is pursuing peace. What peace is he pursuing when he is yet to issue fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the House of Assembly? What peace is he pursuing when he is still sacking all government officials and council chairmen perceived to be loyal to Oshiomhole?
“Obaseki can only fool us once, he cannot fool us again. We are wiser now. I urge them to go and do the right thing than think they want to deceive the public like he is a peace maker when in actual fact he is the root of the crisis in Edo APC.”