By. Simeon OSAJIE
The Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide warned that any attempt to replace Billy Osawaru name with another person as the candidate of the Edo State All Progressive Congress (APC) to represent the good people of Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency of Edo State will be vehemently resisted.
Billy Osawaru has earlier emerged winner to fly the party flag in the House of Representatives election slated for 2023 to represent Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency of the state at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly.
In a press statement issued and signed by President and Secretary General of BSM, Ambassador Curtis Eghosa Ugbo and Ms. Esohe Adun respectively, the Movement called on the leadership of the party in Edo State and National Secretariat to maintain the overwhelmed victory accorded Billy Osawaru during the party primary by the good people of Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency.
Part of the statements reads, “The attention of the Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide has been drawn to the illegal political activities of some unscrupulous individuals from Benin Kingdom cum Edo State.
“The Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) Worldwide is utterly dumbfounded about the tales making the rounds that some elements in the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja are being compromised by some chieftains of the party in Edo State to change the outcome of the House of Representatives primary election for Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency of Edo State which had earlier produced a respected grassroots mobiliser, Chief Billy Osawaru as the party’s standard bearer.
“If the report can be relied on the mischief makers are interested in replacing Chief Osawaru’s name with that of a female aspirant who lost out woefully to Chief Billy Osawaru in the legally recognised primary process witnessed by the approved political agencies organs.
“What is also worrisome is that the people being mentioned as the initiators/planners of the evil deed are supposed to be role models in the society. Now, when the hunter becomes the hunted you know what the outcome will be.
We keep championing the cause for a political process that would be free, fair and being processed on a level playing field. Only to end up pursuing a course which is not in tandem with our philosophy.”
Going further, the statement added, “Benin Solidarity Movement want to sound a note of warning to those who derive joy in causing havoc by way of their actions/inactions that they should always think of the day of reckoning when their deeds will be assessed in accordance with the saying that evil begets evil.
“Such mischievous elements should not turn Benin Kingdom and indeed Edo State to a war zone as a result of their greed and dishonesty. Any attempt by anybody to heat up the polity and cause disaffection in relation to this issue will be met with appropriate response by the BSM.
“Members of the APC in Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Constituency have made their choice of the right person to represent them in the green chambers of the national assembly in 2023 and even beyond. That person is Chief Billy Osawaru. This need not breed any squabbles or cause any crisis.
“We are watching as all these drama evolve, for we will never allow illegalities to strive in Benin KINGDOM anymore.”