By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State yesterday described the defection of six local government council chairmen of the party to Action Congress (AC) as â€œgood riddance to bad rubbishâ€.
The party also challenged Governor Adams Oshiomhole to account for all the allocations received so far since he became governor of the state, even as it urged him to explain where the AC got the funds it used for last weekendâ€™s rally in Benin City.
The council chairmen and some leaders of the PDP had defected to the AC in the weekend rally of the AC, which was described by Governor Adams Oshiomhole as the final burial rite of the PDP.
However, the state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, told newsmen yesterday that those who defected to AC were people already being tried by the party for anti-party activities and non- performance in office, adding that their defection would not affect the fate of the party in the state.
According to him, â€œwe already set up disciplinary committee to try these people because we found out that they were not performing and have been hobnobbing with the AC because we told them we do not want corruption.
â€œWe told them that they must perform or they will not have another chance and because of that, they preferred to move to where corruption reigns, which is the AC. We have disowned them for a long time, so what they did at the stadium was just to cover their shame and waste of public fund.
â€œThe people of the state want to know how this government is spending our funds and who are the contractors handling the beautification project, how much they spent on the rally. These are the issues and the governor should come up to explain to the people. We are only asking for good governance and not pretense.â€
On the statement by Governor Oshiomhole that he was imposed as chairman of the PDP by Chief Tony Anenih, Chief Orbih explained that â€œif you recall, I emerged as chairman of the party in a congress held last year, while Sado also emerged in a congress held by the Osunbor group then”.
â€œSado went to court but withdrew his case recently when he discovered that I was duly elected. And that was how I was sworn in by the national leadership.
â€œThe truth is that the governor spends more time outside the state more others, so he does not know what is happening.
â€œWhen has it even become his duties to dabble into the affairs of other parties and that is why he has been jumping from one party to the other.
â€œHe should tell the world the political party he belongs before meddling into the affairs of the PDP.â€