BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
The crisis that has engulfed the All Progressives Congress, APC, totally dominated Edo State House of Assembly, EDHA, seems far from getting a respite as it has claimed a victim, Chris Ewere Okaeben elected to represent Oredo West constituency.
The suspension which was announced on Friday at an enlarged meeting of APC members in Oredo Local Government Area of the state, was recommended by a 5-man panel set up on July 1, to investigate Okaeben’s alleged misconduct.
According to the Chairman of APC in Oredo LGA, Godwin Alabi, “the party followed the provisions of Article 21 of its constitution which stipulates disciplinary actions for erring members.”
Alabi explained that the suspension of Okaeben was as a result of his failure to honour several invitations extended to him to ascertain his grievances against the party.
Okaeben was also alleged to have “threatened the life of the chairman of the party in the council area, Godwin Alabi.”
Alabi stressed that the party has complied with the recommendation of the panel which includes the suspension of Okaeben.
The Chairman of Oredo Local Government Area, Hon. Jenkins Osunde, said “the party has taken a decision on Chris Okaeben” and urged that the party’s attention should now be focused on supporting Governor Godwin Obaseki to deliver the dividends of democracy to Edo people.
Hon. Okaeben is among the 12 members-elect, who are yet to be inaugurated and who are perceived as loyalists of the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.