The battle for the control of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State between loyalists of Governor Godwin Obaseki and old members of the party took a new twist on Thursday.
This is a result of the suspension of National Vice Chairman of PDP, South-South, Dan Orbih, by members of the party from Edo North.
Orbih, a strong ally of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, is said to have engaged in a political battle with Obaseki, who is alleged to be sidelining old PDP members from political appointment.
PlatinumPost reports that both Wike and Orbih played a major role in the re-election of Obaseki as Edo governor following his political war with his former benefactor and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.
Also suspended from the party is the State Secretary of the party, Hilary Otsu.
A communique issued at the end of its meeting at the PDP Secretariat in Auchi, Etsako West local government area said they also suspended the Edo North Senatorial Chairman of the party, Hon Samuel Saiki and the local government chairmen of five out of the six councils that make up Edo North.
Etsako West local government area does not currently have elected exco of the party.
Part of the communique signed by 15 leaders from the six local government areas that make up the zone said Orbih was frustrating the efforts of the governor to harmonize the party by leading the other suspended persons to boycott the recent stakeholders meeting called by Obaseki.
It reads “Having x-rayed recent developments in the state chapter of the PDP in Edo State it has become imperative to save our great party from imminent collapse and instill discipline in the hierarchy.
“We also view with serious concerns all the moves by Chief Dan Orbih, the Senatorial Chairman and the 5 Party Chairmen from Akoko-Edo, Etsako Central, Etsako East, Owan East and Owan West to truncate all efforts being made by Mr. Governor to have a harmonized party structure across the State. it is no longer secret that Chief Dan Orbih who had earlier sponsored some persons to go to court against the leader of the Party
“As leaders of the party from the zone, we view this as an act of gross misconduct and, a violation of the party’s constitution and by extension, an act of antiparty activities.
“In view of the above, a vote of no confidence and suspension was passed on Chief Dan Orbih, the State Secretary of the PDP, Senatorial Chairman and the 5 PDP LGA Chairmen in Edo North.”
Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives for Oredo Federal Constituency, Ogbeide Ihama, has also been suspended from the party.
Ihama, who was the favourite to clinch the PDP governorship ticket in the 2020 gubernatorial election before Obaseki’s decision to join the party, is said not to be in the good book of the Edo governor.
But dismissing the actions, State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare said the said suspension should be disregarded as it is of no consequence.