A gale of suspension has hit the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State.
Chairmen of the party in the 18 Local Government Areas passed a vote of no confidence on the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over his role in the crisis rocking the state chapter.
They later suspended Oshiomhole, a decision that is clearly beyond them because he is a national party officer.
A statement signed by Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua and Assistant State Secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony, said: “Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state.”
They said the decision was necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State, where the party was unable to field any candidate in elections.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence on him and he stands suspended from the party.
“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”
It was learnt that three of the chairmen later backed out of the decision.
Earlier in the day, elected executives of the party believed to be loyal to Oshiomhole suspended chairman of the party, Anselm Ojezua and called for the expulsion of Governor Godwin Obaseki.