By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY—AS the battle for the 2015 general elections hots up in Edo State, former governor of the state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, who registered afresh with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state last week, is mobilising his supporters in the party ahead of the forthcoming polls.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole has warned appointees of the state government to stop following aspirants on campaigns in local government areas, saying that whoever wants to commence campaigns for 2015 should resign.
Igbinedion and his loyalists worked against PDP in 2007 following his quarrel with the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih over the control of the party in the state.
The crisis led to the ousting of the PDP in the state and the emergence of Oshiomhole. However, Vanguard learnt that the former governor had decided to participate in the politics of PDP in the state after his registration last week. He is expected to woo his loyalists in the All Progressives Congress, APC back to the party. Also, Chief Igbinedion is said to be working seriously for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
For the APC, Vanguard gathered that some aspirants, particularly in Edo North senatorial district, complained that government appointees, who are equally aspirants were intimidating other aspirants when they go on campaigns, adding that the impression they were giving was that they had been endorsed by the governor.
To wash his hands off the matter, Oshiomhole summoned a meeting of political appointees last Tuesday and threatened to sack any of them who attend meetings in councils with aspirants.
The governor had repeatedly said he does not want to be distracted by the politics of 2015 and 2016 governorship elections in the state, so as to fulfil his electora promises to the people of the state.