By Nsikan Ikpe
Contenders for the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State are now waiting for the definitive report of the Olagunsoye Oyinlola Committee investigating the spate of crisis in the state.
Confirming that the political tempo in the state is indeed turbo-charged, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has revealed that he has indeed been living in a state of siege on account of the Edo State governorship primaries.
Odigie-Oyegun who spoke at the party secretariat in Abuja when the Peace and Reconciliatory Committee led by the former governor of Osun State, Oyinlola Olagunsoye submitted its report affirmed that by virtue that he is from Edo State, any action he takes was misinterpreted.
Congratulating the committee for the job, the APC national chairman said, “Of course I am under intense pressure as well as the NWC from various stake holders in the state to do one thing or the other to salvage the situation. But doing one thing or the other will almost certainly be interpreted from different groups to mean that I am for A or for B and it is something I had to avoid at all cost because at the end of the day I am the referee of the match that is going to happen. And even if inside me I feel that one team is better than the other, it might not even be shown on my face or from my voice. So I thank you very much for restoring relative peace in the party.
“I want to thank all the stakeholders-from the governor down to the least-for the cooperation they gave to your committee. I am pleased at the level of your work. I haven’t read your report yet but I know that I haven’t gotten one single criticism, from one single stake holder, about the work that this committee did. And about the relative level of peace that now envelopes the party in Edo State, the restoration of some degree of civility, the acceptance of the need to work together as a party. So I congratulate you for people of your calibre, people of your stature, people of your wisdom to pull the kind of result that you pulled at so short a time”.
Leading candidates in the forthcoming contest include Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu and the technocrat, Godwin Obaseki.