The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has met with aggrieved members of the party who contested in the 2019 All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections, as part of the recommendations by the Theophilus Okoh-led committee set up to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in the state.
The governor alongside other leaders of the APC in Edo State apologised to the aggrieved members over the unfair treatment meted to them when they indicated interest to contest in the 2019 APC primaries in the state.
He thanked them for keeping faith with the party despite their disaffection which showed they are true loyalists of the party, adding, “After reading the Okoh-led Committee Report and watching the videos, I really appreciate you all. We are truly sorry for what you may have gone through during the 2019 primary elections. This meeting is the starting point for reconciliation of aggrieved members of the party.”
The meeting, according to Obaseki, is part of the reconciliation process the party has adopted to resolve the issues in the party.
“Almost 20 court cases arose from those who were deprived of the opportunity to contest fairly for the ticket of the party,” he said.
Obaseki explained that the meeting became necessary to bring all aggrieved members of APC together to resolve all the issues causing the crisis, adding “To build trust, confidence and demonstrate that we truly want to reconcile the aggrieved members of our party, within a week of receiving the Okoh-led committee report, we called for this meeting to talk to our aggrieved members.”
He noted that his administration was reviewing each case at a time, to refund money spent in purchasing interest forms by the members.
Obaseki added, “Anyone who already has an appointment or someone who is likely to benefit from the APC is not expected to get refund but same can’t be for someone who has not received anything.
“I call on you all to join hands together with this administration to build the APC as a party in the state in a fair and transparent manner. We are proud of our achievements as a government.”
One of the aggrieved members, Barr. Evbu Igbinedion, called on the governor and members of the party in the state to ensure that female members are given the needed support to win elections, adding, “Females are more committed and loyal party members but are sidelined resulting in failures during elections. Today, there is no woman in the Edo State House of Assembly.”
Another member, Anavberokhai Isah, said: “I urge party leaders to adopt zoning system across the state for various positions as it will discourage aspirants from buying forms when such position is not zoned to their area.”
A leader of the APC, Charles Idahosa, urged the aggrieved members of the party to forget the past and join hands with the governor, who has done a lot to develop the state.
He added that as the state approaches the 2020 gubernatorial election, they should support the governor to defeat evil forces that want to truncate development in the state.