By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-AS the battle for 2015 elections intensifies 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 mobilizing his supporters in the party ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Meanwhile, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has warned appointees of government to stop following aspirants for campaigns in Local Government Councils, asserting that whoever wants to commence campaigns for 2015 should resign.
It would be recalled that former Governor Igbinedion and his loyalists worked against their party 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 eventual emergence of Governor Adams Oshiomhole. However, Vanguard learnt that the former governor has decided to participate fully in the politics of the PDP in the state after his registration last week. He is expected to woo his loyalists in the APC back to the party. The former governor 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 are intimidating other aspirants when they go on campaigns, adding the impression they are giving is that they had been endorsed by the governor.
In order to wash his hands off the matter, Oshiomhole summoned a meeting of a political appointees last Tuesday and threatened to sack any political appointee attending meetings in Local Government Councils with aspirants.
The meeting lasted for only ten minutes. The governor had consistently said he would not want to be distracted with the politics of 2015 and 2016 governorship election in the state so as to fulfil his promises to the people of the state.