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Edo PDP crisis deepens as chairman denies suspension

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The crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has worsened following the purported suspension of the state chairman, Anthony Aziegbemi.

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In a statement issued in Benin City, yesterday, state Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Nehikhare, announced the suspension of Aziegbemi after a resolution by the State Working Committee (SWC) meeting at the party’s secretariat in Benin City.

But Aziegbemi, who spoke through the Youth Leader, Ehis Destiny, said the announcement of his suspension was embarrassing, provocative, misleading and mischievous.

Nehikhare had, in the statement, revealed that the SWC approved the Deputy Chairman, Harrison Omagbon as Acting Chairman.

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“At a meeting in the state’s secretariat on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, two-third majority of members resolved that Aziegbemi should step aside, while Harrison Omagbon, the state Deputy Chairman, will act in his place until the determination of allegations levied against him (Aziegbemi).

“A committee is hereby set up, headed by the Legal Adviser, Arthur Esene and is mandated to report to the SWC within one week. Other members of the committee are Mrs. Linsdale Tes Sorae (Women Leader) and Wilson Omagbon (Auditor),” the statement reads.

But Destiny, who spoke on behalf of Aziegbemi, said: “My attention has been drawn to the publication signed by Nehikhare to the effect that Aziegbemi has been suspended from the party.

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“The publication is embarrassing, provocative, misleading, and mischievous. There was never a time where the committee members met and decided that Aziegbemi should be suspended. Nehikhare’s publication was falsified, manipulated and conjured by him, his paymaster, and his cohorts,” he said.

BESIDES, the Edo South Senatorial District of the party has expressed support for Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Announcing the position of the zone after a stakeholders meeting, representative of the senatorial district, Matthew Urhoghide, said the zone, in a three-point communiqué it issued yesterday, accepted Obaseki’s leadership.
MEANWHILE, Obaseki has identified weak institutions as the bane of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, stressing the need for leaders across the country to build strong institutions that would guarantee sustainable development.

Obaseki made the call while addressing youths in the state at a stakeholders’ engagement of the Edo State Transition Committee with youths and student at the Government House, Benin City.
 
“We should hold our political leaders accountable, because people will come and go, but institutions will remain. Let us build strong institutions and not individuals,” he added.

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