A former state Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress Comrade Godwin Erhahon has responded to the party Chairman, Mr. Anslem Ojezua over a statement credited to him regarding CPC members in the state.
Ojezua in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Benin debunked the allegation that the CPC factions of the APC have been sidelined.
The party Chairman claimed that the defunct CPC as a party never held any political party before the merger, adding that the emergence of Godwin Erhahon as the then state publicity sectary was borne out of the benevolence of a former governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Referring to the aggrieved former publicity secretary, the APC chairman described the report as activities of mischief makers who had been put to shame by President Buhari, adding that no amount of Slander would stop the emergence of Oshiomhole as the National Chairman in the party convention coming in June.
In his reaction, Erhahon stated that the Chairman’s utterances is a guide for the national delegates to the convention on what to expect from Oshiomhole’s leadership.
Ojezua saying that CPC legacy had no office in Edo State Government and APC structure confirmed our complaint of marginalization, in a very rude manner, Erhahon says.
“He went ahead to assert that allowing former state chairman of CPC , Comrade Godwin Erhahon to be Publicity Secretary in 2014 was out of the magnanimity of Comrade Oshiomhole.
“By that, he means that CPC legacy is not entitled to any office in party organ or government structures in Edo State because we were not having any position in government before the merger. But we had our CPC structures!”
Erhahon added that “Oshiomhole is deceiving delegates with the campaign promise to make every legacy party a full participant in both government and party organs.
“The guidelines for the 2014 merger made it mandatory for every legacy party to be part of the party structures across the country.
“Since the three and a half legacy parties were popular in at least one region, the guidelines directed that none of the parties should be discriminated against in the areas where they were weak . In the 2011 Presidential election, defunct ACN scored 50,000 votes while CPC scored 17,000 which was over 1/3 of ACN’s score! So how can ACN legacy now write off CPC legacy? But Oshiomhole rejected all the guidelines for the merger in Edo State till today.
“Ojezua commended President Muhammadu Buhari for putting CPC members in Edo State to shame! What an indictment on Mr President! What good are we to expect from Oshiomhole’s national chairmanship of APC? Absolutely none!”