Charles Idahosa, erstwhile political Adviser to the immediate past governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for eight years, has announced that he will for now withdraw participation in any All Progressives Congress, APC, activity in the state.
The state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Idahosa, who is one of the founding members of the APC in Edo state, are reportedly in disagreement over the control of party structure in Uhumwonde Local Government Area since after the congresses of the party in the state.
In a statement signed by Idahosa, and made available to journalists in Benin City, the APC chieftain explained that he was not dumping the APC but needed to take a break “in order to carry out a deeper surgical analysis from a detached point of view”.
Idahosa said, “It is not all the time that we do what is convenient to us. Most of the time, we should follow our hearts and do what is right no matter how inconvenient.
“Consequently, given the present state of affairs, I have decided to suspend active political partisan participation in the state.
“I believe the period will afford me the opportunity to seek an enlightened perspective of the issues, consult widely for clarifications where need be and take more informed position on the politics of Edo state.
“For every decision, there are consequences and possibilities. Yet, when a dog begins to bark at its owner, the dog owner should strut around in caution. That is the sobering epiphany of the present time.
“However, the great relief and comfort that I find in this decision rest in the fact that human beings may betray you but your heart cannot betray you” he declared.
Idahosa said he is a happy man with an independent mind of his own, adding that resistance to the curtailment of rights and oppressive tendencies is his second nature.
According to him, “God forbid that I should keep quiet in the face of a charade and injustice perpetuated with savage impunity. I am a prisoner of conscience and feel tormented by the smokescreens!”
While stressing that he respects the right of everyone to be entitled to their own opinion, he said, “A fact stands out for all rational men to readily acknowledge! The facts that informed the actions of our great party in Edo state in recent times are strange to me. I have struggled to come to terms with those facts and the consequential actions of the party but it has remained more perplexing by the day.”