The battle between All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki rages on.
Oshiomhole on Tuesday urged Obaseki to focus on delivery of good governance to the people rather than blackmailing his personality.
The governor insisted that Adams Oshiomole call his men to order. saying further that the party’s structure in the state is in his hands and that his second term is guaranteed.
Oshiomhole gave the advice in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The National Chairman of the ruling party APC insisted that there was a siege to his residence in Benin on October 12.
However, Obaseki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said Oshiomhole was never attacked in the state.
“We have no knowledge of alleged attack on the residence of the APC National Chairman based on a report we received from the State Commissioner of Police, DanMallam Muhammed,” said Obaseki.
Obaseki further said the APC National Chairman neither informed his office, the Commissioner of Police nor the State Director of the Department of State Service (DSS) for security while on visit to the state.
In Obaseki’s words ” if our party’s national chairman informed the authorities while visiting the state, there would be less acrimony”.
He urged Oshiomhole, government functionaries and political office holders to observe protocols while visiting the state.
Oshiomhole said: “We have it on good authority that the governor (Obaseki) intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state, APC and probably dump the party for another party”.
“This is why; he has embarked on this brigandage which Edo people will resist. So, he should stop blackmailing me and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power”.
“We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce me into giving him details of my movement in Edo State. Who knows what he is plotting again. But every evil plot against me will fail.”
Osiomole alleged that the siege to his residence was a good example. He further said:
“Before that incident, state government-sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 local government areas of the state because APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration.
“People are being sacked from their jobs everyday in the state,” Osiomole said.