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Fayemi lambasts Oshiomhole over ‘disruptive role’ in Edo APC primary

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has lambasted Adams Oshiomhole, a senator and former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for allegedly trying to impose a gubernatorial candidate on the party in the state.

Fayemi said Oshiomhole played a “disruptive” role in the APC governorship primary election held on February 17, 2024, in Edo, ahead of the September 21, 2024, governorship election in the state.

The allegation was stated in a statement by the Head of the Fayemi Media Office, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, on Thursday, accusing Oshiomhole of being the cause of the controversies surrounding the party’s activities in Edo State lately.

Fayemi said Oshiomhole should have ensured a level playing field for all aspirants in 2024 instead of trying to impose a candidate.

“Earlier, Oshiomhole had attempted to eliminate some aspirants from contesting the primaries but failed. This is reminiscent of his high-handedness as national chairman when he manipulatively schemed Governor Godwin Obaseki out of the electoral process. That action led to the unfortunate loss of Edo State by the APC,” Fayemi said.

“It would appear the ground was being prepared by Oshiomhole yet again for the APC to lose the coming election in Edo State because of his unconscionable behaviour.

“However, the party has demonstrated independence and impartiality in cancelling and reordering the primaries.

“We hope the fresh primaries will now take place in an atmosphere deemed free and fair by all, for the sake of our great party.

“Oshiomhole may decide to support any of the aspirants if he chooses not to be neutral but the process must be open, free, and transparent, following the laid down rules.

“My interest is the APC and the party must put its best foot forward in the forthcoming elections.”

Fayemi commended the national leadership of the APC for rescheduling the primary election.

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