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Controversy trails lift of Oshiomhole’s suspension by ward

……Ward Secretary: We have lifted Oshiomhole’s suspension
……Ward Chairman: Oshiomhole’s suspension remains intact

There are controversies trailing the alleged lift of suspension of Adams Oshiomhole by the All Progressives Congress in Etsako Ward 10, Etsako West local government area of Edo State as Chairman of the ward, Mr Oshawo Stephen, dismissed the suspension lifting claims.

Earlier on Saturday, the Ward Secretary, Emuakemeh Sule, said the committee reviewed the circumstances leading to the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole and found no merit in the allegation or processes employed, hence his announcement of the lifting of suspension on Oshiomhole.

Sule said: “We have reviewed the circumstances leading to the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and found no merit in the allegation or processes employed.

“We hereby lift the suspension placed on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the Ward.

“We call on all organs of our great party to restore all rights and privileges of membership to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole”.

The National Vice Chairman South/South and acting national chairman of the APC, Hilliard Eta, while receiving the resolution of Etsako West Ward 10, lauded the exco for the action which he said was in line with the party’s constitution.

He said: “Let me say that 17 out of 27 members have signed this resolution. Let me also say that in matters of this nature, our constitution provides for only a simple majority and 17 out of 27 is indeed more than a simple majority. So, we want to use this opportunity to thank Etsako West Ward 10 for what they have done. History will be on your side.

“I am also in receipt of the acceptance and ratification of that resolution by the Etsako West LGA executive dated the 9th of June 2020 and signed by the Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Akokia and the Secretary, Hon. Dauda Ahmed.

“I am also in receipt bid further ratification by the state executive committee of the APC in Edo state signed by Col. David Imuse (retd), the acting state Chairman and Lawrence O. Oka, state Secretary”.

However, the APC chairman in Etsako Ward 10, Mr Oshawo Stephen, has dismissed claims that the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as a member of the party has been lifted, insisting that the ward executives stand by their suspension of the erstwhile National Chairman of the party.

In a statement, Mr Stephen said the ward executives who were elected into office in 2018 remain intact and have not been displaced by anybody, describing the claims of the lifting of the suspension as a charade.

He said: “The suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the ward executives remains valid. The statements to the contrary in the media are false and should be disregarded. We stand by our decision and have no reservation on the action as it is in the best interest of the party.

“The ward executives, as well as our counterparts at the Etsako West Local Government level, stand by the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole for his divisive role in the crisis rocking the APC in Edo State.”

The Chairman of APC in Etsako West Local Governemt Area, Ezolomhe Rabiat, also affirmed that the LGA executives are still members of the party in the state and stand by the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole.

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