APC demands Obaseki’s resignation over worsening insecurity

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has demanded the immediate resignation of Governor Godwin Obaseki over insecurity, disobedience of court order and a plot to take a loan of N25 billion without stating its purpose.

In a Sunday statement, the Chairman of Caretaker Committee of APC in the state, Col David Imuse (rtd) said that the state was under siege under Obaseki.

According to him, the governor has lost focus and residents live in fear and insecurity.

He accused Obaseki of disobeying a court order that invalidated his removal of the Chairman of Etsako East local government by ordering thugs to seal off the entrance to the council secretariat in Agenebode to deny the chairman access to his office.

The APC boss said the party was calling on the governor to resign because it could no longer “condone a governor who has no regard for the rule of law”.

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He said that under Obaseki, Edo had become the third most indebted state in the country, adding that Obaseki also planned to secretly source N25 billion from the capital market without telling Edo people, why and what it will be used for.

Reacting, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chris Nehikhare said that by its statement APC had further shown its desperation to “oust the governor even as they continue to run from pillar to post to undo the will of Edo people.”

On the removal of the council chairman, Nehikhare said the state government was law-abiding as it has appealed against the judgment and filed for a stay of execution of the ruling.

On the N25 loan, he said it was “a developmental loan secured by the state government to develop and revitalise critical infrastructures.

He added, “The Edo State House of Assembly, which represents the Edo people also approved the loan months ago. To Imuse and his ilk, a loan approved by a state House of Assembly was secretly secured. This is irresponsible and garrulous talk.”

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