April 21, 2010

2011: No imposition of candidates, Edo PDP assures

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN— CHAIRMAN of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo state, Chief Dan Obih, yesterday, assured that the leadership of the party in the state would ensure that there would be no imposition of candidates in the forthcoming general elections in the state.
He said that lack of internal democracy had caused the party quality political leadership at all levels of government. He, therefore, urged all aspirants of the party in the forthcoming general elections to work hard for the ticket in order to be accepted by the people in their respective areas, as there will be no room for any leader to impose any particular candidate on the people.

Orbih spoke yesterday at Ekpoma, Esan West and Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of the state while rounding off the sensitization campaign ahead the 2011 general elections, in Edo Central senatorial district of the state.

Chief Orbih, who informed the mammoth crowd that the campaign by the PDP in the state to “dethrone” the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole had started, urged members of the party to be united in the face of the challenges ahead, asserting that “this is a new PDP and there will be no room for imposition.

“Anybody who wants to contest election must not be intimidated by anybody. There will be a level playing field for everyone because we must ensure that the best candidates emerge in the state.”

He further condemned what he described as “unacceptable” increase in schools fees at the state- owned Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma by the state government and disclosed that the party had resolved to reduce the school fees and other forms of taxes in the state “after we must have defeated the failed government of Adams Oshiomhole.”

According to him, “ when the late Ambrose Alli found that school, the purpose was to give our people sound and affordable education because it is our own.

“But the increase by government shows that it does not want the ordinary people to send their children to school. No time in the history of this state have we witnessed the increase in even pure water which is now N10.

“This government does not mean well for our people. I come from the same local government area as Oshiomhole but I have decided to lead this campaign against the attempt by the AC government to ruin our state and impoverish our people the more.”