By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Samuel Ogbemudia-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State yesterday urged its members to shun the weekend unity rally proposed by the Chief Anenih-led faction.
The Ogbemudia faction described the proposed rally as premature since the party was yet to have a substantive state chairman and other members of the state executive council, adding that it was not opposed to reconciliation, which it insisted,Â must be done based on equity, fair play and justice.
Dr Ogbemudia rejected the proposed weekend rally when he received a delegation of PDP leaders from Edo North senatorial district, led by former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Akhigbe, and another delegation from the Central senatorial district, led by Elder Abraham Akhimien.
The leaders came to declare their loyalty to Dr. Ogbemudia’s leadership and assured him of their support always.
Addressing the delegations, Dr Ogbemudia noted that any rally now would not be useful to the generality of party members since all the contending issues, particularly as regards who becomes the chairman of the party in the state and other members of the Executive, were yet to be resolved.
According to him, â€œChief Anenih and I have no personal quarrel. He is my friend and he still remains my friend; but politically, we disagreed because the way he is playing his politics is too sophisticated for me. â€œWe started this struggle not because we are trouble makers but because we want the right thing to be done. We do not want PDP to continue to lose on the field, therefore, we have been seeking for reconciliation.
â€œI received a text message from Chief Anenih, informing me about a rally this weekend. I am not opposed to a rally but I told him that a state rally at this stage is prematureÂ and will not serve the purpose. â€œIf it is a one-sided rally, I am not opposed to it but those who believe in what we are doing must not attend that rally. What we said is that when a chairman is sworn in, the chairman will now organize the rally where we will all welcome him.
â€œThe issue of reconciliation should have been done since June, but they are the ones dragging it on. They held a rally at Ewohinmi and all through the programme, none of our names was mentioned. â€œReconciliation is of the mind. Our people who left the party now for the AC did so out of frustration, but I know that they will all come back if the right thing is done.â€