By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—OVER 2,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State, including the former Commissioner for Sports in the immediate past PDP administration in the state, Mr Brown Ebewele and the leader of the legislative arm of the council, Mr Kenneth Abulimen, dumped the party, weekend, for the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
The decampees, who addressed supporters, said the PDP in the state was under the stranglehold of one individual, hence they decided to leave the party, so as to enjoy the freedom, which they said had eluded them for many years. Uromi is the ancestral home of the former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who arrived the venue at about 4:30pm in a helicopter, received a rousing reception from the crowd. The Governor, who apologised for his lateness due to the swearing in ceremony of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, pointed out that the wind of freedom was blowing round the country and urged the people of Edo State and Uromi people in particular, to key into the progressive change.
Receiving the decampees, the Governor pointed out that his administration had commenced the construction of the Amedese-Ugboha and Arhue-Uzememe Roads, just as he disclose that his administration would commence the construction of industrial boreholes in Uromi before the end of the month.
According to him, “I am glad that we have credible men and women, who have realised that the struggle we are waging in Edo State, is a struggle for the ordinary people. It is not about me, it is not about themselves, it is not about any individual.
We do not accept that it is impossible to get water in Uromi. Like I told the Enogie of Uromi, that this month, we will commence here in Uromi, the drilling of industrial boreholes and water will flow.”
“It will no longer be what you found in a private hotel, not too far away,” he said.
This month, we are coming to commission two schools in Esan land. The A.C.C.Irrua and St John Bosco Ubiaja. We are not only rebuilding them, we are re_equipping them. I am proud to say that we have not come to Uromi today to lament that Edo state is broke.
I have come to Uromi to point out what we are already doing. Here in Uromi we are doing two different roads Amedese_Ugboha roads and Arhue_Uzemema road. By the special grace of God I have not yet done two years in office.
In our first 22 months, I am proud to say we have done this in Uromi” he said.
Oshiomhole who apparently was reacting to the allegation among members of the PDP that he was in the habit of insulting an elder such as Chief Anenih in any public event, asserted that, “we like to respect elders but we also believe that the young shall grow.
I want to repeat, I have respect for elders because after all, in my tradition if you do not respect elders then you are disrespecting your future. But every elder also encourage the young people to grow and to become bigger than them selves”.