By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has debunked claims by Action Congress (AC) that the former Chairman of the partyâ€™s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, ordered the vice-chairmen of the local government areas where their chairmen decamped to Action Congress to take over the councils.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole had accused Chief Anenih of plotting to destabilize the state shortly after a meeting of leaders of the PDP at Polarise Hotel, Uzairue, Etsako West local government council and warned that the state government would do everything to ensure that law and order prevailed in the state.
But reacting yesterday, the PDP, through a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chief Nosa Adams, said, â€œThere was no time Chief Anenih asked the vice-chairmen to forcefully take over the councils.
â€œThe position of the party on the matter is that we have asked the chairmen and councillors to resign their positions honourably or be sacked lawfully.
â€œThat is why we mandated our lawyers to canvass in court the interpretation of section 12 of the House of Assembly law 2000 and implementation thereof as regards the chairmen and councillors who decamped to AC.
â€œAs a law abiding party, we do not believe in violence and we will never resort to violence. We will not destabilize the state that Chief Anenih and other leaders laboured to build.
â€œChief Anenih is a law abiding citizen; he exhibited it during the Akoko Edo election.
They imported thugs and unleashed mayhem on our people. But Chief Anenih warned all PDP leaders not to be violent in that election.
â€œRather than the governor accusing Chief Anenih, who is not and will never nurse the intention of destabilizing Edo State, it is obvious that the governor and his party are the ones working to create chaos and crisis in Edo State, as the actions and utterances of the governor have shown that he is more of a trouble maker than a harbinger of peace, progress and development of Edo State.â€