Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2019

Polls: Pressure mounts on Edo PDP chairman to resign

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Concerned members of Peoples Democratic (PDP), has mounted pressure on Chief Dan Orbih to resign as Edo State Chairman of the party over what it termed “non-winning election syndrome”.
The call was contained in a Communiqué from an emergency meeting in Benin at the Weekend in City, the State Capital.
The Communique by Davison Osas Davison, the Legal Adviser, on behalf of Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change, recalled the abysmal performance of the party at the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State houses of Assembly elections in the State in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of all the contested seats State house of Assembly seats by the Independent electoral Commission.
“It is obvious that the interest of the party is not paramount to Dan Orbih as he has rather continuously benefited from the failure of PDP to win elections.
“We therefore call on Chief Dan Orbih to immediately resign or will be sacked in no distant time”, he said.
He said the door of the concern members is widely open to women and men who are passionate about the Party’s and reverse the 2019 electoral misfortunes.
He promised to build a vibrant, inclusive and transparent Party which would translate to victory in future polls in Edo State.
Part of the Communique reads: “We can no longer fold our hands and allow a group of political merchants to destroy the Party we labored to form and nurtured before the so-called leaders came in from their former political Parties to reap where they did not sow.
“Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change is irrevocably committed to return the Party to the People from the present hold of the few Cabal.
“Sometimes, when money come to the party, Dan Orbih and few of his cabal pockets good percentage of it such that, in the end, the party hardly have funds to meet its logistics operations and electioneering activities.
They also accused the Chairman of running the party like a Sole Administrator from his own personal house and uses the Secretariat only when there is need for Press Briefing.
He further said the alleged refusal of the PDP Chairman to hold State executive Council meeting since he assumed office, confirmed their suspicion.
“As we speak, the leadership deficiency ranging from non reaching out to very key members of the party as well as those known to playing important roles during electioneering process whenever, they are in crisis is no more news under the Edo PDP led by Chief Dan Orbih”.
“We are not unaware of the fact that, the Party State Chairman’s second term of four years will elapsed in March 2020”, signalling a total drawback for the Edo PDP in the days ahead.
Recall that the PDP defeated the APC in the State at the 2019 Presidential and National elections in Edo State in addition to the majority of the National Assembly seats in Edo State which were also declared in favour of PDP.

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