The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has denied reports that he was placed under house arrest in Edo. Mr Oshiomhole debunked the reports while briefing journalists at his residence shortly after receiving Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who defected to APC.
Mr Ize-Iyamu was the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2016 governorship election in Edo. He lost to the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki of the APC.
Mr Obaseki, a former ally of Mr Oshiomhole, has since fallen out with the party chairman with both men leading separate factions of the APC. There have been reports Mr Oshiomhole plans to support Mr Ize-Iyamu against Mr Obaseki for the APC ticket in next year’s governorship election.
Speaking on his rumoured arrest, Mr Oshiomhole said it is false.
“I saw that they wrote a story that I was placed under house arrest. You can see l am here and not under any house arrest.
“I stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party. I did not want to be blamed for any violence.
“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC.
“With Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses.
“Our party does not believe in rigging. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is persuasion not violence,” said Mr Oshiomhole, who has always denied that elections won by his party were violent despite evidence to the contrary like in Kogi and Bayelsa.
He, however, urged members of the party to eschew all forms of violence in order to sustain peace adding that there was no limit to being a member of APC.
He noted that while there was a limit for being chairman, governor and tenure of president, there was no limit for being a member of the party.
According to him, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace.
“That is why I stayed away from the rally,” he said.