Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has threatened to expel the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) if he (Oshiomhole) continues to “disrupt activities” in the state and in the Edo APC.
“We are warning the suspended National Chairman. If he continues his activities in Edo State, I will show him that I am the Governor of Edo State. Why he was Governor, he will not tolerate a fraction of the misdemeanor and misbehaviour he is undertaking today”, Obaseki warned.
Obaseki handed down the threat when he attended a meeting of the 18 APC local government Chairmen in the state where he also directed the party chairmen to seriously deal with any persons or group carrying out activities outside what the party hierarchy has agreed to do.
This threat is on the heels of a rally held last weekend in Auchi, Etsako West local government area where thousands of people from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the APC.
But the governor through one of the aides, Osaigbovo Iyoha declared the rally as illegal saying there is a ban on political rallies in the state.
But the immediate past Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon Pally Iriase described the governor’s comments as repressive and jackboot politics.
Obaseki told the chairmen that “All this nonsense they are doing, if anybody in the name of our party tries to do anything contrary to what we have agreed as a party we will deal with that person ruthlessly no matter who he is.
“If you are elected a chairman, your attitude should show if you believe in the party. Party supremacy means the leadership of the party must respect the membership.
“It is the members that make the party supreme because the members subscribed to a constitution which governs the conduct of the party. One man cannot be the party”, the governor added.