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APM decries moves by national body to undermine Edo chapter

Ahead of the Edo State Governorship polls , the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the state, has decried what it described as an intended time bomb and seed of calamity being sown by some elements at the national level of the party.

The party declared that the alleged plans of some leaders at the national level to interfere, derail and sabotage the workings of the state leadership with a view to hoodwinking and hijacking the party for personal gains, would be resisted.

The Chairman of the APM, Dr. Samson Falana Isibor who gave stated this at a press conference in Benin City, attributed the looming crisis at the Edo State chapter of APM to undue interference in the running of the party by some national officials.

“We in Edo State have refused a forced agenda which, to us, is anti-democratic and capable of derailing the electoral and democratic process in the state.

“Our discontentment started from the primary for the governorship election, which was solely funded by the state leadership, when and where a candidate who is virtually unknown to Edo State chapter. Mr. Igbineweka Osamede, was forced on us by some elements at the National Secretariat.

“This imposed candidate disappeared as soon as we reluctantly accepted his candidacy for the governorship election slated for September 19 , 2020.

“His disappearance left us with no other choice but to accept that he has naturally and voluntarily withdrawn from the race until few days ago when he resurfaced to say he is still interested in the race thus breeding suspicion of a funny game.

“The resurfacing of the runaway candidate did not come without a threat to our lives, as he and some National officers threatened fire and brimstone which has made the state leadership to formally make official protest to relevant security agencies”.

According to Isibor, “Another issue which has given Edo State leadership of the party concern is a supposed hidden agenda nurtured by the elements at the national secretariat designed to distract whosoever is elected in the September 19 governorship election, irrespective of the party, from performing, as well as, negotiate for personal and selfish financial gains which we have found out to be their stock-in-trade in all states where they ever fielded a candidate. This may have also informed their look warm attitude towards campaigning”.

The party, therefore, called on the national leadership of the APM to call the bad elements to order in the interest of continued peaceful coexistence and the growth of democracy in Nigeria.

It also resolved to defend democracy, electoral process and Edo people at all times.‎

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