Governor Godwin Obaseki on has met with leaders of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the State over the crisis rocking the party, six months after he was sworn-in for a second term in office.
Obaseki held a closed door meeting with leaders of the party on Wednesday morning in the Government House, Benin City, the State Capital where he pleaded with the party leaders to harmonize positions with members of the party who defected with the governor from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to PDP last year.
Some leaders of the party in the State on Tuesday threatened showdown with Governor Obaseki and deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu of plotting to dissolve the legitimately elected executive Committee members of the PDP at the Ward, Local Government and State levels.
Recall that the Chairman of Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anthony Aziegbemi, petitioned National Chairman, Uche Secondus to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki from carrying out his alleged plan to dissolve the state executive.
After an emergency and expanded State Working Committee meeting at the weekend, Aziegbemi and Secretary, Hillary Otsu, resolved to petition the national leadership of the party on the need to stop dissolution of the party EXCO.
Aggrieved leadership of the state executive demanded replacement of the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie with original PDP members.
The leadership accused Obaseki of holding a meeting with Raymond Dokpesi, Tom Ikimi and Mike Oghiadomhe, where he (Obaseki) proposed dissolution of the state’s executive I’m a bid to ambush Aziegbemi, who they said, was constitutionally empowered to convene such a meeting.
“The genesis of the looming crisis resulted from the acquiescence of the National Working Committee members, who negotiated Obaseki’s movement to PDP to agree on integration of the new members over sharing of appointments after victory at the elections.
“We, therefore, condemn Obaseki’s re-appointment of his former SSG without consideration for the legacy PDP. We have resolved that if harmonisation must take place, it must start from Obaseki’s office,” the petition reads.
The old PDP members admitted that aspirants for the 2023 and 2024 elections were misleading Obaseki, alleging tat Sahaibu and Osarodion, as culprits who they said, have governorship and senatorial ambitions.
The State executive of PDP also accused some former All Progressives Congress (APC) members of regarded for godfathers and some old PDP members including Osaro Idah, Charles Idahosa, Henry Tenebe, Ehigie Uzamere and Theo Okoh as those influencing Obaseki over his planned dissolution of the state executive.
The State deputy governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu and the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie attended the meeting.