From Yakubu Busari,Jos
Hon. Te’el Stephen Dashe
An All Progressive Congress, APC, Chieftain in Plateau state, Hon Te’el Stephen Dashe has said, the defections of the Governor of Godwin Obaseki from the APC to the People Democratic Party, PDP, poses a serious setback to party because of the number of party loyalists likely to follow him to his new party.
Dashe disclosed this during an interview held at the Civil service club, Jos at the weekend.
He said; “Obaseki leaving the party especially at this crucial period spells doom to the victory of APC in Edo state considering the people who’re still loyal him. That would generally affecting the party
” You would recalled that the replacement of the former party Chairman, Odigie Oyegun by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was a credible move but the stakeholders could have ensured that the crises in his Edo state and the party did not escalate to the present situation,” he lamented.
Dashe however commended President Buhari for dissolving the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, and constituting a caretaker committee to supervised its affairs until an election is conducted at a national convention to replace the affected officers.
He said the NWC had “become a threat threat to democracy as the ruling party with all the crisis of leadership that bedevilled it”
“I feel this is a welcome development. When people over stay their welcome in office then you should expect unnecessary abuse of power because power corrupt absolute power corrupt absolutely “.
He emphasized that the internal wrangling in the party should be expected considering that many political parties with diverse interests that came together to form the party few months to the 2015 election are still going through the period of transition before maturation.
He charged politicians in Nigeria not to over heat the polity in the pursuit of their ambition but rather work together towards promoting the tenets of democracy in the country.
Dashe who is an aspirant on the platform of the APC in the coming senatorial bye-election in Plateau South, said “I’m not afraid of the forthcoming bye- election in Plateau southern senatorial seat as a leading aspirant who has grassroots support across the LGA.”