The National Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) South-South, Prince Hilliard Eta, on Wednesday, issued a directive to leaders from the geo-political zone not to attend a consultative meeting summoned by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. He claimed that the meeting was not only illegal but also that the governor has no powers to call such meeting.
Speaking to reporters from ‘The Nation’, in a telephone interview, Eta said, “I saw the invitation the governor is sending out to people inviting them for a meeting. But I am calling on all our party leaders to shun the meeting because he has no right to convene such meeting. I am the South-South Vice Chairman of the party and any APC leadership meeting is convened by me.”
He reiterated that he had communicated with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who also was not aware of any such meeting.
Therefore, he called on all the leaders to boycott the proposed meeting.
“So we are calling on all our leaders not to attend any such meeting because it is ill conceived and ill motivated,” he said.
He further noted that “Governor Obaseki is not an officer of the party. He cannot call such zonal meeting without my office. Consultative forum meeting is alien to our party’s constitution. May be the governor is only calling his friends to come together, but not an APC meeting. For me no party leader from the zone will attend the meeting”.
Meanwhile, he maintained the focus of every patriotic member of the party should be on how to strengthen the National leadership of the party under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and not to destabilize the party.
To this effect, Eta said, “We urge all stakeholders including governor Obaseki to follow the constitution of the party which is supreme because any meeting called by him without the proper procedure is null and void.”