A political pressure group, Edo First for Growth has called on the dissolved National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Screening Committee for the Edo State Governorship primaries and the Appeal Committee which disqualified Governor Godwin Obaseki to tender a public apology to Edo people or be ready to face litigation.
The Group, in a statement signed by its Convener, Earl Osaro Onaiwu on Tuesday noted that now that the Courts has discarded all the suits challenging the efficacy of Governor Obaseki’s certificates, the Prof. Jonathan Ayuba led Screening Committee must apologise to Edo people for defaming the character of their governor.
A part of the statement read: “The whole world can now see the hatchet job which Adams Oshiomhole used Prof. Jonathan Ayuba and his committee members to achieve. In the process they offended the sensibilities of Edo people, impugn our integrity and made our state a cheap talking point in the Nigerian polity, all in the wicked bid to drag down the hardworking governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.
“Now that the Courts have made it clear that they had no locus to disqualify the Governor, we demand a written public apology from the dissolved APC NWC, Screening Committee led by Prof. Jonathan Ayuba and the Appeal Committee which ratified the injustice in the next 72 hours, otherwise we will have no choice but to drag them to court for character defamation.”
Recall that the All Progressives Congress Screening Committee disqualified Mr. Godwin Obaseki from the governorship contest in the party over what it termed “defective certificate”. Governor Obaseki has since crossed over to opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP where he successfully secured the party’s ticket to contest for the September, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.