Benin - Fourteen Senior Special Assistants (SSA) to Governor Adams Oshiomhole
of Edo, three directors and one board chairman in the state, have resigned
their appointment and membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The officials openly resigned their appointment and membership of the party
on Monday in Benin during an enlarged meeting of some aggrieved members of the
More than 3 000 members of the APC in the state also resigned their
membership of the party during the meeting.
Tony Omoaghe, the former chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria
(ACN) in the state, told newsmen that the aggrieved members resigned due to
lack of internal democracy in the APC.
Omoaghe, who convened the meeting, listed the `flawed membership
registration and congresses of the party held recently as other reasons for
“On April 24, stakeholders of the party across Edo met and gave the governor
a seven-day ultimatum to cancel the very questionable party membership
registration as well as the dubious ward and local government congresses.
“The ultimatum has since expired; the governor has not complied with our
“He did not even show good faith, all we witnessed were his attempt to woo
aggrieved members individually by offering them Greek gift," he said.
He said that no efforts were made to address the flawed membership
registration and congresses.
“As democrats, we would decide our next line of action in a few days.
“We call on Edo people to keep faith alive and support us with their prayers
in the next decision we shall take for the good of the state," he added.
Some aides of the governor who resigned their appointment included, Osaretin
Edosuwan, SSA on Project Monitoring and Festus Ewu, SSA on Energy and Water.
Evelyn Omokhodion, Executive Director, Poverty Alleviation Agency, Efosa
Ogbe, Executive Director, Consumer Protection Agency, Frank Erewele, Chairman,
Edo Courier Service and Segun Ose, chairman Edo Land Use Committee also
resigned their appointments and membership of the party.
Some party chieftains who also resigned their membership were, Pastor Ise
Iyamu, former SSG and Chief of Staff, Bright Omokhodion, former speaker of Edo
Assembly, and Tony Omoaghe among others.
Edosuwan, SSA to Gov. Adams Oshiomhole on Project Monitoring told newsmen
that the resignation was due to lack of internal crisis in the party.
"We own the structure which the governor used to climb to where he is today
and he is now practising the godfatherism which he preached against.
"There is no need having advisers the governor does not listen to, the
governor does not take advice from anybody,’’ Edosuwan said.
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