Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ward 10, Etsako West and that of Etsako West Local Government of Edo State yesterday passed a vote of confidence in the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The party leaders reiterated the suspension of Ward 10 Chairman Stephen Oshawo, and Deputy State Chairman Asekhome Kenneth for alleged anti-party activities.
They dismissed the purported suspension of Oshiomhole by “some agents of the state government.”
Oshawo was suspended by 23 of the 28-man committee for alleged failure to call ward meetings in the last six months, among others.
They also alleged he collected money from the opposition, and masterminded the disturbance on the campus and house of Oshiomhole at the convocation of Edo State University, Iyamho.
The Ward 10 executives, passed a vote of confidence in Oshiomhole.
“This resolution was arrived at because of Oshiomhole’s antecedents in Edo State when he was governor for eight years. He transformed the entire state and he made the common man to reap the dividends of democracy,” they stated.
Speaking at the meeting, Etsako West Chairman of the party Alhaji Abubakar Umoru Akokhia, who also chairs APC chairmen in the 18 local governments, said the suspension of the Ward 10 chairman and other executives was in order
He said: “As the local government chairman of our great party… I support the ward in the suspension of the Ward Chairman, Mr. Stephen Oshawo, and other executive members. Over a year now, the ward chairman has not called for meetings.
“In the last general election, he played anti-party to the detriment of our great party. He is not on ground in the ward, very disrespectful and factionalising the party. He is so primitive that the party that made him chairman, he had no regard for its rules and regulations. He goes canvassing funds from the government for his personal benefit.
“We, the local government executive committee and leaders of ward 10, pass a vote of absolute confidence in the national chairman, and …coming from his ward is a welcome development that the national chairman is a grassroots man. When he was the governor for eight years, he carried everybody along in his developmental strides; roads, schools were upgraded and constructed, youths and women were empowered, the state moved from dilapidated state to a developed state and became the envy of other states.
“For the first time, APC is in the leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives. Edo State has two ministers and chairman of NDDC. Oshiomhole has never lost his unit, ward or local government, not even one opposition vote in his unit unlike the …Governor Godwin Obaseki who lost his ward, local government and senatorial district in the last general election.
“There is no doubt that Oshiomhole deserves the absolute vote of confidence passed in him…”