By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” FOLLOWING the defeat suffered by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Assembly re-run election in Etsako Central Local Government Council of Edo State, former Chairman of the party Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, weekend, set up three committees.
The committees, meant to reposition and strengthen the party for future elections, are, Mobilisation, Total Reconciliation and Women and Youths committees. They were set up at an enlarged meeting of the party held at the residence of Chief Anenih in Benin City.
Some of the party leaders at the meeting include the state chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, Minister of Defense, Gen.Godwin Abbe, Senator Odion Ugbesia, former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Lucky Imasuen, former Presidential Aide, Prof. Julius Ihonbvere; former NDDC representative, Mr. Mathew Iduoriyenkenwen, Pascal Ugbome, Ken Imasuagbon and Ben Edo-Osagie.
PDP council chairmen were also present.
Vanguard gathered that the meeting was called at the instance of Chief Anenih following the crisis that rocked the party after it suffered defeat from Action Congress in the re-run election.
Orbih threatens to resign
It was learnt that tension heightened at the meeting when the chairman of the party, Chief Orbih threatened to resign following accusations from some members, who blamed him for the defeat the party suffered in the re-run.
Orbih, Vanguard learnt, felt betrayed considering the problems that confronted the party before he took office.
It was learnt, however, that Chief Anenih quickly intervened and held a close meeting with Orbih, where he gave Orbih counsel that he should expect such attack from people each time the party loses and equally expect praises when the party wins.
It will be recalled that Orbih inherited a party that was almost destroyed by the protracted crisis in the state PDP.
It was learnt that the meeting ended on a peaceful note, with Chief Anenih charging all party members to woo youths and women, particularly those who left the party, back to the fold.