￼The All Progressive Congress, APC, has asked Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki to step down over security challenges in the state.
Citynews Nigeria reports that APC made its position on security situation in Edo known in a statement by the state caretaker chairman of the party, Col David Imuse Rtd.
Col Imuse said the call for Obaseki Resignation became imperative in light of his inability to guarantee protection of lives and properties of people of Edo state.
He added that Obaseki was clueless on what to do to stem the tide of insecurity threatening to overrun the state.
‘He has failed in duty to uphold his oath of office to protect the lives and properties of Edo citizens, his penchant for disobeying court orders and his decision to plunge Edo state into more indebtedness with his recent clandestine borrowing of N25 billion from the capital market as the reasons for his call’
‘No one is safe in Edo. The state is under siege. We have a governor who has lost focus. Fear and insecurity have become the order of the day, yet the Governor takes N700 million monthly as security vote. And so far he has not been able to deploy this huge amount to mobilise the security agencies in the state to fight criminality”.
On the recent ruling by Benin high court, Col Imuse noted that the governor treated other arms of government with contempt and scorn and also had no regard for the rule of law but always sought refuge in the court on the most insignificance of matters and basest of issues.
‘A court recently ruled that the duly elected chairman of Etsako East Local Government Council who was illegally removed from office should go back to his seat. But the Governor, in disobedience of the Court, mobilised thugs to seal up the entrance of the Council Secretariat at Agenebode, denying the Chairman access’
‘Because Edo state is designed to be governed by relevant laws”, Col Imuse said, “Edo APC is ready to take the bull by the horns, as it can no longer condone a governor who has no regard for the rule of law”.
The Edo APC Chairman who also blamed Governor Obaseki for making Edo the third most indebted state in the country wondered why he would clandestinely resort to borrowing the sum of N25 billion from the capital market without telling Edo people.
‘This loan is unacceptable to Edo people and Governor Obaseki must urgently return it or cancel it outrightly because it is to be repaid by Edo taxpayers and to make matters worse, his own company, Afrinvest is the stockbroker for the facility. This action of the governor is not only illegal, there is a clash of interest he added