By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FORMER Deputy Governor of Edo State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Reverend Peter Obadan, has predicted doom for his party, if the leaders fail to cede the 2012 governorship ticket to the Edo North Senatorial district.
Obadan, who stated this in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, during a meeting of the leaders of the party, led by former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Akhigbe, regretted that the North senatorial district, no longer speaks with one voice due to what he described as the continuous interference “of an individual,” who is not from the senatorial district.
He lamented that leaders of the zone had on several occasions, assisted other senatorial districts in producing Governors under the PDP, but wondered why the PDP had failed to support the North district in producing a Governor for the state.
Obadan said that due to undue interference in the politics of the area, the people of the area had suffered poor representation in the Senate. “I have watched other Senators speak, but I have never heard our own speak,” he said.
He said that apart from Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who is in the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, the North district had never produced a civilian Governor and vowed that the district will never play a second fiddle to any senatorial districts in future elections.
According to him,“Edo North in the past was the most united Senatorial District but somehow, an individual came and created confusion among our leaders and that created problems and since then, that individual has never ceased from using us for his own self interest.
Edo North cannot be subservient to another senatorial district. A situation where one man comes to Edo North to dictate to us, those who should hold elective offices, should stop.
“That has happened in the past but it must stop. Edo North would ensure that we retain the governorship of the state. We are also saying that the South has enjoyed the governorship for many years but it must now remain here (North). That will be the only point of agreement between the North and South,” he said.
If they do not support us, we will stand on our own we want an Edo north man to bethe governor of the state in 2012” he stated.
He further urged members of the party to ensure they participate effectively in the forthcoming voters registration exercise, saying that “ that will be our strength. Once we have the population and they try to take us for granted we will use our vote to fight for our freedom”.