Mr. Fix It of Edo politics, Chief Tony Anenih appears to be on his final journey into political oblivion following calls by aggrieved members of the party from the three senatorial districts in the state for his removal and the State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbir, from the “day-to-day running of the party in the state”.
Presently, an imminent crisis which may permanently change the configuration of the Edo State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in the offing.
This was a fallout of leakage of a list of proposed members sent to Abuja by the leadership of the party for appointment into federal boards.
Already, “leaders of the party across the three Senatorial Districts are planning a major meeting in which they are likely to call for the voluntary disengagement of Chief Tony Anenih and Dan Orbih from the day-to-day running of the party,” a source revealed yesterday.
The imminent “make or mar” meeting is coming on the heels of a major crisis of confidence currently rocking the party as a result of its dismal performance in the 14 July governorship election in the state.
Impeccable sources disclosed that the names allegedly submitted to the Presidency for consideration for appointment into the various boards by the state leadership of the party included Sarah Adetugbobo, Uyi Ogbemudia, Matthew Uroghide, Dr. Abies Osemwenkhae, Bayo Ogbomo, Levis Aigbogun and General Godwin Abbe from the South-South Senatorial District of the state.
Others are Chief Tony Anenih, Tony Aziegbemi, Giwa Egbomehe, Ben Erhilebodiaye, Dr. Francis Olifuh and John Yakubu from Edo Central Senatorial District.
Other proposed members of federal boards from Edo North sent to the Presidency by the State leadership of the party are Chief Dan Orbih, Pascal Ugbome, Zakawanu Garuba, Johnson Abolagba and Tunde Akogun.
It was reliably gathered that the leakage of the names was causing serious disaffection among members of the PDP in the state, with members of the party fine-tuning their strategies for the “battle ahead”.
The party members are said to be angered by the fact that most of the proposed names were stooges of a national leader of the party who allegedly contributed to the losses the PDP suffered in recent elections in the sate.
At the meeting being planned for Wednesday this week at an undisclosed venue in Benin, the party leaders are expected to call on the national body of the party to intervene in the crisis rocking the party in thesState and to carry out a major overhaul of the party in such a manner as to restore members’ confidence.
By Jethro Ibileke, Benin
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