Edo 2020: Airhiavbere blames governorship ambition on APC suspension

Edo 2020: Airhiavbere blames governorship ambition on APC suspension

A former aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship in Edo State, General Charles Airhiavbere, has traced his suspension by his party on his interest to contest the 2020 governorship elections in the State. He said that some persons in the party are terrified of his interest in the 2020 Gubernatorial primaries of the

A former aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship in Edo State, General Charles Airhiavbere, has traced his suspension by his party on his interest to contest the 2020 governorship elections in the State.

He said that some persons in the party are terrified of his interest in the 2020 Gubernatorial primaries of the great party.

He said this while responding to a letter titled ,”Suspension for anti-party activities” addressed to the Chairman of Oredo Chapter of APC, which was also sent to the Chairman of the Edo South Senatorial district along with the State Chairman, Stats secretary, the State Governor and the Election technical Committee endorsed by a handful of Ward 1 APC members.

The visibly angry retired soldier said, “My position on the subject matter in which he was asked to appear before a Disciplinary Committee and defend himself.

He stated further that “even if such a Committee was set up, I am not aware of its members and whether it ever sat and held proceedings where it came to conclusions contained in the letter.

He said was not given any money by the party for the purpose of any election and I did not chair any campaign committee for election purposes” which would warranted any sanction or punishment.

He however urged his supporters to be calm and focus ahead of the 2020 primary election of APC.

But, Ward 1 APC chairman Hon. Felix Ehigiegba and 21 others, in the letter dated March 15, 2019, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Benin City, alleged that the retired general worked against President Muhammadu Buhari and other Candidates of the party in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections in the State.

According to the letter, “We wish to bring to the notice of the party hierarchy, the anti-party acts/actions carried out by one of the leaders of Oredo ward one…General Charles Airhiavbere during the last general elections held on the February 23rd 2019 (Presidential and National Assembly).

The letter claimed that, “Though Gen. Airhiavbere was unavoidably absent in that meeting, based on series of complaints from different quarters about his actions of late towards the party, an investigative panel was set up to find out the true picture. The panel having sat and carefully investigated the allegations, came up with these findings and recommendations:

“General Airhiavbere on the day of election deliberately withheld tags and other party tools meant for agents and APC faithful thereby hindering their work on the field.

“That Airhiavbere openly canvassed for votes for the opposition PDP and thereby worked against our candidates, The President and our National Assemblies candidates.

“That Gen. Airhiavbere openly told our party agents and loyalists that they should make sure APC did not win”.

The letter claimed that Airhiavbere deliberately withheld tags and other party tools meant for agents and APC faithful thereby hindering their work on the field during the elections.

It concluded that, “based on this unpardonable actions against the APC and coupled with hard evidence against him, the undersigned executive of Oredo ward I met and moved a vote of no confidence on General Charles Ariavbere and he is thereby suspended indefinitely from the All Progressive Congress with immediate effect”.

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