Berates gov over aide’s killing, reconciles members in Anambra
FOUR days after the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) filed a petition at the Edo State governorship tribunal challenging the re-election of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the party withdrew the case yesterday.
Oshiomhole who reacted to the development yesterday said that he was ready to work with all stakeholders in Edo State.
A statement by the state chairman of the party, Dan Orbih, said the party was withdrawing the suit “in the interest of the state.”
The PDP’s candidate in the election, Charles Airhiavbere, confirmed the development to The Guardian on phone yesterday. “Yes it is a party decision and I am a party man, ” he said.
But the statement condemned Oshiomhole for concluding that his aide, Olaitan Oyerinde’s killing on May 4 was politically motivated, adding that development had shown otherwise.
Besides, against the background of a recent court ruling that there is no validly elected PDP executive committee in Anambra State, stakeholders of the party have selected former Idemili North council chairman, Mr. Okey Muo Aroh, to lead the reconciliation and re-invigoration of the party even as they stressed the need to rebuild the confidence of the masses in the party.
Rising from a meeting “to further our common desire to reinvent, reinvigorate and revitalise our great party, PDP,” at Ezimuku, Agbaja-Abatete, on Sunday, the stakeholders from the 12 wards of Idemili North noted with dismay that the downfall of PDP in Anambra began when party faithful lost focus through careless statements and a common belief that candidates would always be imposed.
Oshiomhole said: “I wish to extend my hand of fellowship to all men of goodwill to join hands with government to move the state to the next level, because, despite all the successes recorded in the last three and half years, Edo State is still work-in-progress.
“I look forward to more collaboration between my government, other political parties and interests in the state. I want to restate my full respect for the PDP leader, Chief Tony Anenih, whom I hold and will continue to hold in high respect.
“I also wish to assure the PDP candidate, Maj.-Gen Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) whom I regard as a friend, that now that we have put the elections behind us, my doors are open so that together, we may lift our state to the high level where it should be.
“I however wish to state that other issues raised by the PDP will be commented on in another occasion.”
We enjoin our readers to send their stories/articles/reports, including pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Category: Benin City