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Edo LG bosses didn’t defect with councillors, PDP insists

By Festus Ahon
BENIN—THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Edo State, has debunked claims by the six local government chairmen of the party who defected to Action Congress (AC) last weekend that they defected with their councilors to the AC.

This comes as the Action Congress (AC) in Akoko Edo local government area of the state alleged that the Council Chairman, Chief Johnson Emeasalu, demobilized the official car of the Vice-Chairman of the Council, Mr Akin Agbaje, who decamped to the AC last weekend.

The state PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who identified the councilors from Oredo, Estako East, Igueben, Ikpoba Okha and Uhunwode local government councils before newsmen in Benin City, hailed the commitment and honesty of the councillors for dissociating themselves from the action of their chairmen.

He also read a solidarity message of the National working Committee of the party to them  for their display of courage.
Orbih, who spoke while identifying the councillors, asserted that “with what you have seen today, you will agree with me that what happened on Saturday at the stadium was a show of shame.

“Let us play politics based on honesty and truth, we don’t have cause to lie that the people that defected are PDP members.

“We have come to show that our elected members who are in PDP have addressed a letter affirming their membership of the party.”

On the seeming feud between the Akoko Edo Chairman and his Vice-Chairman, a statement issued by John Mayaki, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole said, “reports reaching us indicated that three days after he (Akin Agbaje) defected from the PDP into AC, an orchestrated script to frustrate and impeach him was acted.

“The first was the de-mobilisation of his official car by agents alleged to have been sent by his boss.”

“Just imagine a drifting party in its door-or-die method of politics think that it can intimidate or frustrate our vice-chairman. 24 hours after he decamped to the AC, his official car was demobilized through a tracking device that was installed in some official cars in the council by a son-in-law to the council chairman.

“I understand that the contractor said that Akin Agbaje’s car was demobilized because the council still owes him. The question is, is his car the only car that the tracking device was installed? What about the Chairman’s car, was it also demobilised? This is not the best way to play politics if you ask me; this is an act of vindictiveness,” Mayaki said in the statement.


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