Idahagbon, Osakpamwan, others plot to disrupt peace in Edo – government
• I Did Not Hold Any Meeting To Cause Violence— Idahagbon
The Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), a group led by Henry Idahagbon, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain has been accused of planning to disrupt peace in Edo State and cause mayhem, beginning from Monday, July 1.
A statement by the Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the group, at a recent meeting held at Mega Touch of Klass Hotel in Benin, also plotted to drive a wedge between the state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and one of his political allies, Hon. Charles Idahosa.
The statement said: “The decision was reached at a meeting convened by Idahagbon and other top EPM members, including Osakpamwan Eriyo and Samson Osagie, among others.
“A close source in the group, who pleaded anonymity, said the plan was to disrupt peace through different groups, as well as lay siege to Edo State Assembly complex.
“They believe Idahosa knows a lot of the inner workings of the political architecture in Edo State, and would place Obaseki in good stead to win any political battle in the state, if the relationship between the two is allowed to blossom.
“So, they resolved to lead smear campaigns and blackmail to tarnish Idahosa’s image, which they expect would cause disaffection between the Governor and Idahosa.”
Recall that Hon. Idahosa recently granted an interview, where he called for Oshiomhole’s resignation as APC National Chairman, noting that the former governor had not only failed in his responsibilities, but was also responsible for the crisis in Edo House of Assembly, due to his silence on the disagreement among members.
In his response, Idahagbon said: “This is another garbage from the fertile imagination of Obaseki, Charly Tempo and others. I did not hold any meeting at Mega Touch of Klass Hotel with Osakpamwan or any other person.
“I am not a violent person. I have never been involved in any violence and will never be. This story shows the insecurity of Charly Tempo and co-travellers. Obaseki has lost confidence in him, because he was the architect of the rebellion against the Governor. He is peeved that Obaseki has revived Prince Austin Eweka to pilot his political machinery in Edo South. Sensing his political isolation, he decided to concoct this story of violence…”
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