By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Col. Paul Ogbebor (rtd), has stressed the need for the warring party leaders in the state to bury the hatchet in order to have a united party that will face the opposition in future elections in the state.
Ogbebor, who spoke at an enlarged meeting of the leadership of the party in Oredo Local Government Council of the state, shortly after he was elected as the leader of the party in the council, also expressed worries over the decampment of some members of the party to the Action Congress (AC) due to the factional crisis rocking the party in the state, and vowed to bring all of them back to the party.
As one of the founding members of the party in the state, Ogbebor asserted that despsite the fact that the PDP was no longer in control of the state executive council, â€œ it still remains the party to beat because this is a party that has the support of the people at the grassroots because of our efforts, since the inception of democracy in 1999 to bring hope and dividends of democracy to our people.
â€œSo I appeal to our members to embrace peace so that w can achieve unity because it is only in one voice that we can re-energise the party and fight the opposition before us”.
I appeal to our members who left the party to return back because we have a lot to do together and we must make our state great againâ€ he said.
Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chairman of the party in the council, Mr J.Idehen, urged members to close ranks an ensure that the on-going peace moves â€œ is done with all seriousness because I believe that no man is bigger than the party.
Also speaking, a Chieftain of the party, Mr Sunny Aguebor, assured Ogbebor of the cooperation of all party members in the task ahead, reiterating the need for the leaders of the party in the state to embrace peace for the interest of the party.