By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THERE is fresh anxiety in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged plans by the leadership of the Action Congress, AC, and the state government to sack four PDP local government area Chairmen, who are yet to decamp to the AC.
Vanguard gathered that the four council chairmen, who may face the sack included Dan Asekhame (Owan West), John Yakubu (Esan North East), Felix Imoisili (Igueben) and Felix Akhabue (Esan West), who also serves as the chairman of ALGON in the state.
It was alleged that there are petitions of misappropriation of funds leveled against them and the AC leaders in the respective councils are putting pressure on the Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, to sack the Chairmen so as to have total control of the councils in the state.
Vanguard gathered that the AC leaders in the affected councils met last week and concluded plans to sack the chairmen.
They accused the chairmen of misappropriation of council funds, but a close aide to one of the council chairmen, who craved anonymity, told Vanguard that â€œit is not true. These chairmen have been under pressure to decamp to the AC like their other colleagues but they have refused.
â€œSo what the AC is always doing is to bring fictitious allegations of corruption against these chairmen, so as to intimidate them into decamping. But such blackmail will not work. You cannot force anybody to join a party against his will.
It has never happened in this state, notÂ even when the PDP was in power,â€ the aide said.
However, the state Publicity Secretary of the AC in the state, Reti Uzzi, deniedÂ knowledge of any plan to sack the council chairmen but added that â€œsome of these chairmen are very corrupt and you know that the Governor has zero tolerance for corruption.
“But I am not aware of any plan to sack any body but if there are allegations of corruption, you know that it will be investigated in order not to short change the common man at the grassroot,â€ he added.