BENINâ€”LEADERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State yesterday declared that the decision by the factional chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Edward Sado to withdraw his suit against the national leadership of the party would pave way for lasting peace in the party.
Speaking to Vanguard yesterday, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Zakawanu Garuba, the Vice-Chairman of the party (Edo North), Mr. Paschal Ugbome, and the state Youth Leader, Chief Francis Inegbeneki, hailed Sadoâ€™s decision and stated that â€œits for the interest of the party that he did it and that shows he is a true leader that will always be respectedâ€.
It would be recalled that Sado, who dragged the national leadership of the party to the High Court in Benin after it anointed the late Chief Samson Ekhabafe as Chairman of the party in the state, even after he (Sado) emerged as the Chairman in a congress, withdrew his suit last Monday after pressures from the national Chairman of the party, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor.
But reacting yesterday, Speaker Zakawanu stated that â€œ his withdrawal of the case came as a big relief to us be because it will help in accelerating the on-going reconciliation process in the state party.
â€œSado is some body we respect and he has shown again that he is not a selfish person, that he is a true leader of the people.
â€œAs you know, the party in the state has been in shambles due to the court case. With this now, things will be okay and we appeal to others who are still in court to follow suit so that we can move forwardâ€.
Also speaking, Chief Inegbeneki, who also withdrew his case last Monday, stated that â€œ Sado, like me, went to court to fight injustice. The matter has lingered but we decided to take this decision because the party is almost dead in Edo state.
â€œThat is why I salute the courage of Sado. He has done us proud as a leader. As a sportsman, he felt the continuous pursuance of that case will further destroy the PDP in the state.
â€œWe all know that nothing is happening in our party here and that is why the AC is having a field day. But as it is now, we are going to reconcile and prepare for 2011 and after that, the governorship in 2012.
â€œ This is a PDP state and we are going to reclaim all the seats we lost as a result of internal bickerings in the party.â€