By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE factional crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,Â in Edo State, heightened yesterday at the Presidency, when President Goodluck Jonathan carpeted the Senator representing Edo North Senatorial district, Senator Yisa Braimoh, for confronting Governor Adams Oshiomhole, when the latter introduced Elder Sunny Uyigue, as the chairman of the PDP in Edo State.
Oshiomhle led elders and leaders from the state on a courtesy visit to the President, at Presidential Villa,Â Abuja yesterday.
Vanguard learnt that the Presidentâ€™s outburst occurred when Governor Oshiomhole, who introduced the dignitaries from the state to the President, introduced Uyigue, who is the chairman of the state PDP led by Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, as the chairman of the party in the state.
It was said that shortly after the Governorâ€™s introduction, Senator Braimoh rose up to inform the President that the Governor deviated from his earlier promise that politics would not be discussed at the meeting and that he was surprised that the Governor introduced Uyigue, who according to him, is not the chairman of the PDP in the state.
Jonathan carpets Braimoh Piqued by the comment, President Jonathan carpeted the Senator for introducing such topic at the visit. He went on to remind him that he was already aware that there were two factions in the state PDP.
The President expressed disappointment at the comment of the Senator, noting thatÂ there are proper ways the issue could be introduced and not at a Presidential visit.
However, in his address, Governor Oshiomhole informed the President ofÂ the menace of erosion and flooding in the state and appealed for Federal Government assistance to enable his government check the erosion disaster at Queen Ede, Auchi and the collapse Omemi Bridge.
The Governor further congratulated the President Jonathan on his ascension as President of the nation. He also commended him for the appointment of one of their sons as his Chief of Staff and assured him of the continued support of people of Edo State to his administration.
Jonathan assures of FG’s intervention
Responding, the President assured that the Federal Government will intervene in the erosion problem, adding thatÂ he will immediate schedule a meeting with the Minister of State for Works and the Minister of Environment with a view to finding a lasting solution to the problem.