By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, has assured that it will provide a level playing field for all political aspirants in the state in the forthcoming party primaries.
The state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who disclosed this at a meeting of the Edo North senatorial district of the state, at the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President,Chief Mike Oghiadohme in Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state, weekend, said that the party was ready to confront the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the state in the 2011 elections.
Meanwhile, leaders of the party in the area have elected the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Oghiadohme as the new leader of the senatorial district, following the death of Alhaji Inu Umoru.
Speaking at the meeting, Orbih said that if the party came out with the best candidates, nothing would stop it from winning the next elections in the state.
According to him,”When you have a government that has failed, history and generations will not forgive us if we fail to come together to takeover the reins of governance from that failed government. The time to unite is now. And I am happy that we are united”.
The state PDP boss further noted that leaders do not appoint themselves but emerge through popular support and warned persons he described as parading themselves as Edo North PDP leaders to desist from such or face the wrath of the party.
Earlier, the Chief of Staff to the President told the gathering that he sought permission of the state chairman of the party to host the meeting with a view to forging party unity, party loyalty and total commitment.
Oghiadomhe called on all those he described as sitting o the fence to return to the pary with their body and soul, saying “They thought they were going to heaven but when they got there they discovered that they had left heaven.”
According to him, “We are in PDP to have government. We cannot be in the majority and remain beggars. You cannot go to battle and win when you are divided. This is time to start preparing to regain what God has given to us. This is the time for action. We must do the right things. We must reclaim.”