The Edo State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has handed a leader of the party in the state, General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd.), indefinite suspension, over what the party described as his anti-party activities during the last general elections.
In the suspension letter dated March 15, 2019, addressed to the Chairman of Oredo Chapter of the APC, and signed by 22 executives of Oredo Ward 01, the party leaders said their decision was based on the findings of a panel set up to investigate allegations that Gen. Airhiavbere worked against the success of the party in the Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
The APC Ward 01 leaders said: “We wish to bring to the notice of the party hierarchy anti-party acts/actions carried out by one of the leaders of Oredo Ward One APC, General Charles Airhiavbere, during the last general elections held on the 23rd February, 2019 (Presidential and National Assembly).”
In the letter entitled: ‘Suspension for Anti-party Activities,’ the APC Ward 01 executives said Airhiavbere’s sins were catalogued and presented at a recent meeting by Hon. Samson Abu.
“Sir, it will interest you to note that on the 3rd of March, an enlarged APC leadership meeting was held, in that meeting, one of the leaders from Ward 1, Hon. Samson Abu, openly revealed how Gen. Airhiavbere (retd.) was involved in anti-party activities against the APC.
“Though Gen Airhiavbere was unavoidably absent in that meeting, based on series of complaints from different quarters about Gen. Charles Airhiavbere’s actions of late towards the party, an investigative panel was set up to find out the true picture.”
They added: “The panel having sat and carefully investigated the allegations came up with these findings and recommendations: That Gen. Charles Airhiavbere on the day of election, deliberately withheld tags and other party tools meant for agents and APC faithful thereby hindering their work on the field; that Gen. Charles Airhiavbere openly canvassed for votes for the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and thereby worked against our candidates – The President and our National Assemblies candidates.
“That Gen. Charles Airhiavbere openly told our party agents and loyalists that they should make sure APC didn’t win. That was supposed to be Mr. President’s and National Assembly Elections.”
The exco declared that “Based on Gen. Airhiavbere’s unpardonable actions against the APC and coupled with hard evidence against him, the undersigned executive of Oredo Ward 1 met and moved a vote of no confidence on Gen. Charles Airhiavbere and he is thereby suspended indefinitely from the All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect.”
Signatories to the letter are: Hon. Felix Ehigiegba, Chairman; Dele Guobadia, Vice Chairman; Edward Oviawe, Secretary; Ezee Eriyo, Auditor; Patrick Onun Ubi, Ex-Officio; Rose Imasuen, Woman Leader; Obedient Idehen, Assistant Youth leader and Stanley Aiwerioba, Organising Secretary.
Others are: David Ihaza, Assistant Legal Adviser; Tayo Olowosagba, Assistant Financial Secretary; Adologiogie Osarenoma, Assistant Secretary; Clifford Osazuwa, Assistant Treasurer; Elahor Patrick, Ex-Officio; Anazia Osayemwenre, Assistant Woman Leader; Victor Emeje; Publicity Secretary.
The list also includes Igbinoba Eribo, Ex-Officio; Ehigiamusoe Atuma Erhiamnanyi, Ex-Officio; Rita Erese, Ex-Officio; Grace Ohonba, Financial Secretary; Okina Felix Aimienoho, SA to Governor; Ewansiha O. Jeffery Councilor Ward 01; Okpame Edosan, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) LGA.
Copies of the suspension letter were also sent to the Chairman, Edo South Senatorial District of APC; State Chairman, APC; State Secretary; Edo State Governor and the Election Technical Committee.