Edo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has opened a second secretariat for the party in Benin.
The secretariat is less than two kilometres from the original office of the party.
It was officially opened with fanfare, prayers and thanksgiving service, on Wednesday with several leaders and members of the APC in the state, led by two governorship aspirants, including former deputy governor of the state, Pius Odubu and Saturday Uwalekhue.
Other governorship aspirants could not attend as they were said to be in Abuja in solidarity with Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the faction loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki and led by Anselm Ojezua, insisted that he is the legally recognised of the party and the secretariat he occupies is the only recognised APC secretariat in the state.
The spokesperson of the faction loyal to Oshiomhole, Chris Azebamwan, however countered Ojezua’s position, saying David Imuse is the acting chairman of the party, insisting that Ojezua had been legitimately removed.
Azebamwan said it was Imuse that attended the last NEC meeting of the party as Edo State chairman and that he was also there when state chairmen visited President Muhammadu Buhari.
“After we removed Ojezua last November, armed thugs took over the secretariat in their thinking that we want to eject Ojezua from the office, but we know that no Edo citizen’s blood is worth the political ambition of anybody because we were aware that what they were doing was in furtherance of Mr Governor’s second term ambition.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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