1,650 resign membership of Apc in Edo State
*****Gov Obaseki's Oredo worst hit.
*****Fmr Council Aspirant, others decamp.
*****Accuses the "cash and carry" APC secretary Lawrence Okah and others of extortion of huge sums of money to sell nominations.
AGAINST the background of the gale of defections of politicians from one party to another in the country, no fewer than 1,650 members of All Progressives Congress, APC, from the 12 wards of Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State have resigned their membership of the party.
Spokesman of the former APC members who addressed journalists in Benin City, yesterday, Mr Omo-Osagie Efosa (aka Mighty Man), said that they decided to resign their membership of the party because the “change mantra,” which was what brought them into the party had failed.
Omo-Osagie listed other reasons for their resignation from the party to include the undemocratic manner in which the party was run by the state leadership and the “cabal like manner“ in which cronies and political jobbers were secretly anointed by some party leaders to conduct the last congresses in the state.
He also alleged that during the APC local government council primaries, of which he was a front runner for the chairman in Oredo LGA, he was armed twisted and edged out of the race after he had paid for and collected nomination form.
He said: “They secretly selected councillors and chairmen as candidates for the election and were not allowed to face the electorate in the primaries. “Even when there were complaints that some leaders were collecting huge sums of money from aspirants, the party blatantly refused to entertain the complaints nor did it investigated them to give victims the needed justice.”