Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has described members of a breakaway faction of the state All Progressives Congress (APC) as rogues and therefore cannot suspend him.
Obaseki said the group under the aegis of Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) was operating against the provisions of the constitution of the APC and was proscribed according by the party.
According to him, the group is unknown to law. Hence, it cannot take any disciplinary action against any member of the APC.”
The EPM had announced the suspension of the governor, his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu and Secretary to State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie from the APC over alleged plan to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obaseki whose response was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, “rogue EPM cannot suspend any member of APC because they are not recognised by the constitution of the party.
He said: “The rogue organization claiming to have suspended the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the Secretary to the State Government in Edo State is outlawed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.”
“The kangaroo meeting of the rogue group was held at the residence of Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, who himself has been suspended by the party in the state.
“So whatever decision that might have been taken by the group is ultra vires, null and void,” he added