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Tension heightens in Edo, as two PDP commissioners resign

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—Political tension in Edo State,  heightened yesterday, following the sudden resignation of two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commissioners in the state.

The commissioners, Mr. Vincent Akhere (Arts, Culture and Tourism) and Otunba Fidelis Oriafio (Transport), resigned allegedly as a result of the current face-off between the former Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih and Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

Another PDP member, the Secretary of the State Protection of Government Property Committee, Prince Kenneth Ebosele, has also tendered his resignation letter.

Vanguard gathered that the state Commissioner for Commerce, Mrs. Sarah Adetugbobour, who also is one of the PDP members in the state executive  would also tender her resignation after consultations with some leaders.

Reacting in a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Pally Iriase, said Governor Oshiomhole accepted their resignation and commended the duo for the services they rendered as commissioners to the state.

The father and son relationship between the duo collapsed last weekend, at a rally of the Action Congress (AC), after Governor Oshiomhole berated Chief Anenih, over his alleged role in the poor state of Nigerian roads while he was a minister and what he also described as his undemocratic role in the politics of the state and the nation since the inception of the democratic dispensation in 1999.

Oshiomhole was reacting to an earlier attack by Chief Anenih in two PDP rallies, held in Ewohinmi and NTA Pavillion in Benin City. Chief Anenih had at the rallies, scored the administration of Oshiohmole low and said labour activism was quite different from governance.

He added that the party would constructively criticize the government if it does not perform and vowed that the PDP would reclaim the state’s Government House come the next general elections.

Vanguard learnt that following what they perceived as a direct attack on Chief Anenih, the leadership of the PDP in the state led by its chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, directed the three commissioners in the state executive to resign their positions with immediate effect.

In the resignation letters addressed to the governor, dated November 2, 2009, the duo said they decided to resign after “due consultation with family members and owing to compelling personal reasons”. The letters thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve.


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