- A stalwart of the ruling APC, Charles Idahosa, has decided to take break from all political activities in Edo state
- Idahosa said he was not dumping the ruling party but needed to take a break
- His decision was announced on Monday, June 4
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Charles Idahosa, on Monday, June 4 announced his decision to withdraw from all political activities in Edo state.
Idahosa, a former special adviser on political matters to ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole, said he was not dumping the APC but needed to take a break.
The chieftain's decision to withdraw from all political activities in the state was said to have heightened tension in the state APC. It was gathered that majority of the veteran politicians in Edo South senatorial district were aggrieved for being abandoned by the governor and had concluded plans to dump the party, Independent reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Idahosa said: “It is not all the time that we do what is convenient to us. Most of the time, we should follow our hearts and do what is right, no matter how inconvenient. Consequently, given the present state of affairs, I have decided to suspend active partisan political participation in the state. I believe the period will afford me the opportunity to seek an enlightened perspective of the issues, consult widely for clarifications where need be and take more informed position on the politics of Edo.
“For every decision, there are consequences and possibilities. Yet, when a dog begins to bark at its owner, the dog owner should strut around in caution. That is the sobering epiphany of the present time. However, the great relief and comfort that I find in this decision to rest is the fact that human beings may betray you, but your heart cannot betray you.
“I am a proud and happy man with independent mind of my own. Resistance against curtailments of rights and oppressive tendencies is my second nature. God forbid that I should keep quiet in the face of a charade and injustice perpetuated with savage impunity. I am a prisoner of conscience and feel tormented by the smokescreens!
"The facts that informed the actions of our great party in Edo in recent times are strange to me. I have struggled to come to terms with those facts and the consequential actions of the party, but it has remained more perplexing by the day.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that hundreds and thousands of aggrieved members of the APC from Owan West local government area of Edo state took over the building on Thursday, May 10 to protest the non-harmonisation of lists they submitted before May 5 ward congress in the state.
The aggrieved members said the leaders of the party had betrayed their trust by not adhering to instruction handed to them but preferred to favour a particular group in the party to their own detriment.
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