BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—A meeting in Benin, Edo State, of some former leaders of the Edo State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC and the executive and leaders of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state has further fueled speculations that the former APC stalwarts were set to declare for PDP.
The meeting which took place at the old campaign office of the arrow head of the former APC stalwart, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had in attendance members of his group such as Chief Tony Omoaghe, Ehigie West-Idahosa, Chief Amos Osunbor, Chief Osaretin Edosomwan, Etiosa Ogbeiwe, Chief Sunny Omokaro, Dr. Philip Ugbodagha, Mr. Sunny Omokaro, Nosa Adams, Mrs. Evelyn Igbafe and Mr. Frank Erewele, among others.
The PDP was led to the gathering by its Edo State Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who was joined by Senator Odion Ugbesia, Chief Clifford Ordia, Mr. Matthew Urhogide, Henry Tenebe, Mr. Christopher Adesotu, Chief Joe Edionwele, Paschal Ugbomhe and some new party members, such as the lawmaker representing Edo South in the Senate, Senator Ehige Uzamere and Chief Solomon Edebiri.
Explaining the purpose of his visit, Orbih said he had come with his executive council to express their desire to have in their party members of the Ize-Iyamu group in order to fight tyranny and institutionalise internal and participatory democracy in Edo State.
Orbih, who said that it must have been difficult for the Ize-Iyamu group to leave the APC because they built it, noted that by their action, they had placed the interest of the Edo people above theirs.
Receiving the visitors, Ize-Iyamu who spoke for his group, praised Orbih for the way he has piloted the affairs of Edo PDP since he assumed office as its helmsman, saying that while he was in the APC, he fooled himself into thinking that PDP in Edo State had been completely depleted of strong and reliable politicians.
“Today, I know better. There is no way you can talk about leadership in Edo State without talking about the people here today. You have come to us and I want to say that we shall do the same. We will be meeting you as soon as possible,” he said.