Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed reservation on why the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not asked him about the supposed problems in the party in the state.
The Governor who was speaking for the first time on the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, said Abuja APC must settle itself first before seeking to settle crisis in Edo.
Oshiomhole expressed his reservation when the Fact-finding and Reconciliation Committee set up by the national leadership of the party, to look into the crisis rocking the party in the State, led by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, paid him a courtesy visit, Thursday.
Oshiomhole stated that the crisis in Edo APC was blown out of proportion by those he said were rehabilitated by the party.
The Governor who noted that informal approach to issues works better that formalized approach said the party might be shedding crocodile tears about the supposed problems in Edo.
Oshiomhole wondered why the official language should be ‘reconcile everybody’ when the most uncouth and vulgar language have been used to describe his person.
He stated those beating the drum of war in the APC were defectors from the PDP that want to discredit the APC in Edo.
According to him, “The Secretariat should check carefully because they always end up with statement that unless the Comrade want to return the state to the PDP. This state cannot return to the PDP.
“We can distinguished between FIFA columnist and genuine APC members. Those fomenting trouble in APC now could not deliver their wards. I deliver my unit, ward, local government and senatorial district.
“I hope that you are able to talk to everybody. Assure Abuja that there is no cause for alarm. I will finish stronger than I started.
“Be assured of my commitment to the party, be assured of my commitment to democratic values and I will fight this election as if I were a candidate regardless of who wins.”
Responding, the chairman of the reconciliation committee, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said reports from the state chapter of the party in the last few weeks were not edifying and that the party at the national level was alarmed at her steady erosion of the stability and cohesion earlier seen in Edo.
The former Osun Governor said the last few weeks appeared to be undoing what has taken so much energy, commitment and sacrifice to put in place in the last eight years.
“We are here because our party believes darkness must not fall on this state once again. When you came, you gave every man a reason to believe once again in participatory democracy as the best form of government,” he said.