Edo PDP crisis: NASS members, leaders suspend Ikimi, back exco

Edo PDP crisis: NASS members, leaders suspend Ikimi, back exco

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National Assembly members from Edo Central Senatorial district elected on the platform Peoples Democratic party (PDP) have suspended the former minister of foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, a Chieftain from the party.

FILE: CHIEF TOM IKIMI

Ikimi and few other leaders of the ruling party had starred the hornet nest for calling for the dissolution of the State Executive Council of PDP to pave the way for integration and harmonization of the party structure including defectors from the All Progressives Congress to PDP.

But an expanded PDP Edo Central Senatorial Executive Committee meeting held on Thursday May 13, 2021, rejected the move by Ikimi and Governor Godwin Obaseki and pledged their support for the leadership of the State Chairman of PDP, Dr. Tony Aiziegbemi for being faithful and loyal to the party.

The leaders of the party from the locality, also passed a vote of no confidence on the former minister and thereafter directed the Local Government party Chairmen from the Senatorial District to summon an emergency meeting with their respective Ward Chairmen, towards ensuring that the resolutions and decision are strictly enforced.

Archbishop Anthony Okosun, State Vice Chairman/Chairman, Edo Central Senatorial district and Barr L. Ogedegbe, State Asst Secretary/Secretary, Edo Central Senatorial district, endorsed the endorsed the resolutions at the meeting.

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Part of the resolutions reads: “The Senatorial district hereby passed a vote of no confidence on one of our purported leaders, Chief Tom Ikimi and suspend him (Ikimi) from further attending, performing in any capacity in Senatorial district or carry out any activities) whatsoever in the name and style of PDP, Edo Central Senatorial district forthwith”.

“The Senatorial district rejects any Joint Executive Meeting with the new PDP members from APC at all levels in the Senatorial District.

“The LGA Chairmen from the Senatorial District should summons an emergency meeting with their respective Ward Chairmen, to ensure that the aforesaid resolutions/decisions is properly disseminated and strictly adhere to.

“The Senatorial District is far bigger than an individual. The Senatorial district is resolute, committed, united, focus, and law-abiding district, will continue to work hard to achieve its objectives and aspirations”. the resolution said.

Senator Clifford Odia, representing Esan Central Senatorial, PDP members from the area in the House of Representatives attended the meeting.

Commenting on the PDP crisis, a Chieftain of PDP in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the State who joined the party over Eight months ago, Mr. Charles Idahosa, accused the PDP of greed.

According to him, “But in the case of Edo, they are just greedy. They did not come with a single House of Assembly member. Out of the 18 local governments in the state, they did not come with a single chairman.

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“Out of the 192 wards, they did not have a single councillor and these were the issues I raised at that meeting. All these people came with Obaseki from APC to PDP. But Obaseki said we should carry everybody along and we said okay”, he said.

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