The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied allegation credited to the Edo State Deputy Governor Mr. Philip Shaibu that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole instigated and sponsored protests against Governor Godwin Obaseki, one of the six aspirants being screened for the Party’s June 22 Edo State Governorship Primaries.
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said there was no protest at the APC National Secretariat, muchless a sponsored one as wrongly alleged.
“With several visitors, including journalists covering activities of the Party’s National Secretariat having no knowledge of the so called sponsored protest, we find it strange that the Edo State Deputy Governor has reported a purported protest at the APC National Secretariat when he was in Benin City, the Edo State capital,” Issa-Onilu said
He further stated that the party is not oblivious of the ongoing political contestations. “Our politicians should be careful not to overheat the polity with unsubstantiated claims,” Issa-Onilu said
He said the Party’s leadership has selected an independent, thorough, experienced and diverse team to conduct the ongoing Governorship screening exercise, we call on all stakeholders to give them the needed support and cooperation.
Issa-Onilu said there is also a need for continuous and rigorous fact checking by the media. He said the screening exercise to verify credentials of the six Governorship aspirants is ongoing at the APC National Secretariat and is being conducted smoothly and hitch-free.