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Some Persons are scared of me says General Airhiavbere

General Charles Airhiavbere a former APC Governorship aspirant in Edo state has said that some persons in the party are terrified of his interest in the 2020 Gubernatorial primaries of the great party.

He said while responding to a letter titled ,”Suspension for anti-party activities “, purportedly addressed to the chairman of my party, the APC Oredo chapter and copied to the chairman of the Edo south senatorial, State chairman, stats secretary, the State Governor and the Election technical committee and signed by a handful of Ward 1 APC members.

The retired soldier said, “My position on the subject matter is as follows:

1. I am not aware that the party in Ward 1, Oredo where I am a member and leader, at any time set up a disciplinary committee where I was supposedly invited to defend myself on the allegations contained in the letter
2. Even if such a committee was set up, I am not aware of its members and whether it ever sat and held proceedings where it came to conclusions contained in the letter.
3. For the records, I was not given any money by the party for the purpose of any election and I did not chair any campaign committee for election purposes.
4. I am not shocked by the claims and allegations contained in the letter and it does not come to me as a surprise because I am aware that it is the handiwork of persons who are terrified of my interest in the 2020 Gubernatorial primaries in our great party.

In the letter dated 15th March 2019, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Benin city and signed by the ward one APC chairman Hon. Felix Ehigiegba and 21 others, it was alleged that the retired general worked against President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of the party in the just concluded presidential and national assembly elections in the state.

According to the letter” We wish to bring to the notice of the party hierarchy, the anti-party acts/actions carried out by one of the leaders of Oredo ward one…General Charles Airhiavbere during the last general elections held on the 23 February, 2019 (Presidential and National Assembly).

The letter claimed that, “Though Gen. Airhiavbere was unavoidably absent in that meeting, based on series of complaints from different quarters about his actions of late towards the party, an investigative panel was set up to find out the true picture. The panel having sat and carefully investigated the allegations, came up with these findings and recommendations:

“General 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 Airhiavbere openly canvassed for votes for the opposition PDP and thereby worked against our candidates, The President and our National Assemblies candidates.

“That Gen. Airhiavbere openly told our party agents and loyalists that they should make sure APC did not win”.

The letter claimed that Airhiavbere deliberately withheld tags and other party tools meant for agents and APC faithful thereby hindering their work on the field during the elections.

It concluded that, “Based on this unpardonable actions against the APC and coupled with hard evidence against him, the undersigned executive of Oredo ward I met and moved a vote of no confidence on General Charles Ariavbere and he is thereby suspended indefinitely from the All Progressive Congress with immediate effect”.

However, General Airhiavbere has called, ” on all our party members in the ward and local government who have been served this unsavory news to be calm and be rest assured that the best will come out of the development as a few cannot hold the majority to ransom”.

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